Spiritual Wellbeing

Journey to Inner Peace: Monk's Quest for Ultimate Happiness

January 26, 2023
The Wellness Tribe Team

The quest for happiness is one that has captivated our hearts and minds for centuries. From the musings of ancient philosophers to the studies of modern scientists, the human desire for contentment is eternal. Some seek happiness in material possessions, others in fame and success, while some embark on a journey of spirituality and self-discovery. 

But what if the key to happiness lies not in external pursuits but within ourselves? Meet Matthieu Ricard, a French scientist-turned-Buddhist monk who was deemed the "happiest person alive" by a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin. 

His remarkable journey from the lab to the Himalayas and his unique perspective on the art of living offer valuable insights on the path to true and enduring happiness.

Unlocking the Secrets of Bliss

Journey to Inner Peace: Monk's Quest for Ultimate Happiness
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The quest for happiness has been perennial, with many people searching for the key to unlocking the secrets of contentment. But it wasn't until a groundbreaking study by the University of Wisconsin that the world saw the mystery behind true and unyielding joy. 

The study centered on Matthieu Ricard, a French scientist-turned-Buddhist monk who had devoted his life to practicing meditation and pursuing inner peace. By hooking up his skull to 256 sensors, the study revealed that while Ricard meditated, his brain produced gamma waves linked to consciousness, attention, learning, and memory at levels that had never been reported before. The scans revealed a brain that was lit up with activity in the left prefrontal cortex, in comparison to the right one, suggesting an extraordinary ability to experience happiness and a minimal tendency towards negativity.

This study confirmed the connection between meditation and happiness and provided a deeper understanding of the neuroscience of happiness. The results of the study showed that through regular meditation and mental training, it is possible to increase our level of satisfaction and improve our overall wellbeing. The study also highlighted the role of the prefrontal cortex in regulating emotions and showed that we could change how we process and experience emotions through mental training.

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama.

The Key to Joy

In the quest for happiness, Matthieu Ricard, the "happiest man alive," discovered that the key to true joy lies not in external pursuits but instead in the cultivation of a benevolent mindset and the training of the mind. He emphasizes the power of benevolence, passion, and solidarity in fostering a healthy state of mind that leads to flourishing. He also believes that just like physical training improves our physical health, mental training can improve our mental and emotional well-being.

To aid individuals on this path, Ricard suggests a simple yet powerful technique that can be done in 10-15 minutes daily. He advises spending this time thinking of doing something nice for others or remembering a joyful moment from the past. Dwelling on these positive emotions for more than a few seconds will provide mental benefits in the long run and can even deliver results in as little as two weeks.

Navigating the Roadblocks to Happiness

Society, especially in the Western world, heavily emphasizes individualism. This mindset, however, can often work against our well-being. For example, the constant pressure to achieve success and attain material possessions can lead to a constant state of wanting more, never feeling satisfied, and ultimately leading to feelings of inadequacy and unhappiness. Additionally, this pressure to constantly strive for more can lead to an unhealthy focus on the self, causing us to view the world as a threat or as something to be used for our own gain.

It's important to note that happiness and inner peace may be unattainable for some individuals without professional help. Those struggling with issues such as depression and anxiety may find it difficult to achieve happiness without seeking the help of a professional. It is essential for these individuals to reach out for help and to understand that seeking professional help is not a sign of weakness but rather a step towards a healthier and happier life.

Conclusion

The journey to true happiness and inner peace is not an easy one, but it is a journey worth undertaking. The teachings of Matthieu Ricard, the "happiest man alive," have shown that it is possible to elevate our level of happiness through mental training and the cultivation of a benevolent mindset. The potential of mental training to improve our mental and emotional well-being has been scientifically proven, and the rewards of a benevolent attitude have been described as a healthy state of mind that leads to flourishing.

It's important to remember that happiness and serenity require practice and effort, but it is accessible to all. The path to inner peace may not be a straight one, but with the right tools and support, it is possible to navigate through the obstacles and find true inner peace. The journey to inner peace and happiness is worth journey undertaking, and the rewards are immeasurable.

Corporate Wellness

Social Networking When You Hate It - An Introvert's Guide

November 18, 2022
The Wellness Tribe Team

The pandemic has compelled us to go online in recent years. We could only conduct business online since physical meetings were not permitted. Some of us found it unbearable, while others benefited, making most of whatever was available in the form of a company.

We are progressively being asked to leave the safety of our virtual world and speak with actual words rather than emojis and GIFs now that things are more-or-less under control once again. So we can understand how some people would find that adjustment challenging.

Walking up to strangers can be intimidating and nerve-wracking. But with some practice and a few tips, you could meet new friends at every turn.

Learn the Three W's (Why, Where, and When) of talking.

The Three W's of Talking to Strangers—why, where, and when—help set the stage before delving into the specifics of how to approach someone you don't know.

  • Why? Find out why you want to talk to people you don't know.
  • Where? Go where people are to talk to them.
  • When? Use a stranger's body language to know when to talk to them.

Instead of thinking you need to connect with dozens of people or businesses, focus on connecting with just one. Once you've reached that goal, you might feel more confident to go on and talk to someone else. If you have a list of people who will be there, you can be even more specific about your goal.

Gain Connection Early

Understanding the Link Between Quiet Quitting, Great Resignation and Moonlighting
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If you're shy or quiet, the best time to show up at an event is at the start. Fewer people are in the room during the pre-event period, so you can speak without being interrupted. Also, as the room fills up, everyone is looking for someone to talk to. 

When you make one great connection early on in the night, you'll gain confidence and meet more new people as the night progresses.

Icebreakers! Pick Yours

Understanding the Link Between Quiet Quitting, Great Resignation and Moonlighting
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Having a few icebreaker questions or topics ready can help you feel more comfortable when talking to someone for the first time. 

Among these topics are how they heard about the event, how long they've been with the organization, what they enjoy doing around town with their family, or what's exciting for them in the future. 

Try to engage in a natural conversation with your conversation partner instead of focusing solely on their work. Doing so leaves a lasting impression, learns what makes the person tick, and gets to know them better.

Here are a few examples of icebreakers:

1. How many countries have you visited?

2. What would be your dream place to live if you had the choice?

3. Do you have a favorite TV show?

Make A List

Understanding the Link Between Quiet Quitting, Great Resignation and Moonlighting
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Make a list of questions you can always ask to get you through the first few minutes of the meeting. No one in the world doesn't like talking about themselves. 

Find out what brand they work on, and tell them what you know about their company. Then, tell them why you like their product if you use it. This gives people a chance to tell stories, which is a great way to find things they have in common.

Keep It Going

The best way to build a long-lasting relationship is to become a mentor or mentee. The benefits of mentoring in business are many, including avoiding too much formality in the relationship. In addition, you can be honest with the other people involved by revealing your flaws and goals.

The fear of not knowing what to expect makes some people afraid to seek advice or assistance from others. Mentoring also helps you to understand the next generation better. The importance of building strong relationships below you is just as great as it is for those above you. In your role as a mentee, you will benefit from the advice and objective viewpoint of someone you trust and respect.

Closing Thoughts

There's no doubt that a strong network can help your business, and it works both ways. So, if you're stuck, look for ways you can help your peers. With that simple action, you're already social networking in the best way possible.

Do you feel better prepared to network now that you have the tips? What is one tip you can easily implement from this article? Let us know in the comments below.

Flexible Working

Talent Trends - Has 'Flexible Working' come to an end?

December 4, 2022
Wellness Tribe Team

Employers who have grown accustomed to flexible employment arrangements may soon face an unpleasant surprise.

On LinkedIn's behalf, a study by YouGov surveyed nearly 3,000 executives from organizations with at least 1,000 employees and at least £250 million in revenue ($288.5 million).

According to these statistics, remote job postings are declining. In India, for example, the number of remote job postings decreased by five percentage points since April, when they peaked at 20% of all job postings.

While this is still a good deal higher than pre-pandemic averages of 2%, it is still a stark contrast to what workers would like to see.

"Flexibility is an essential component of a successful work environment, enabling employees to find a balance between their professional and personal lives." - Stuart W. Crabb

Workplace flexibility is ranked as one of the most important objectives for workers after remuneration, alongside work-life balance, skills development, and compensation.

Even though the number of jobs requiring remote work has decreased in the United States, these advertisements still garner more than half of all applicants as of September.

Data shows that remote employment accounts for 14.6% of employment possibilities globally but receives 20.2% of application submissions. The number of remote jobs in India is 11.3%, while the number of resumes is 20.3%.

Remote Job Posts vs. Applications, September 2022

Talent Trends - Has 'Flexible Working' come to an end?
Source: LinkedIn Global Talent Report

Why are businesses cutting back?

LinkedIn polled its users about remote employment options and found that the trend towards remote employment was correlated with the current economic environment.

As part of a survey of executives, they were asked if the Coronavirus outbreak would force their companies to adopt more flexible working practices. In response to this question, more than 68% of executives said yes.

The current economic uncertainty has resulted in corporations in all parts of the world freezing their recruitment efforts. As a result, business leaders are under tremendous pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency to pursue these goals.

Trends in workforce confidence

‍Trends in workforce confidence
Source: LinkedIn Global Talent Report

In the absence of an epidemic leading to a move toward flexible working and corporate wellness programs to help workers, the balance of power is now in the hands of employers.

This report also found that the current economic uncertainty adversely affects other employee benefits. In other words, 70% of CEOs agreed that skill development might need to be emphasized less in the future, and 75% said that employee well-being would likely receive less attention.

The survival of businesses depends on their ability to adapt to changing conditions. Some companies might think they can save money by reducing benefits like flexible scheduling, but they could suffer long-term consequences.

In companies that lag behind in adopting flexible and remote working, employees risk becoming demotivated and leaving for rivals who offer more attractive options. In order to survive, businesses will have to be more adaptable.

Businesses are beginning to offer a broader range of perks as a way to keep and attract workers—many still recovering from the Great Resignation. There have even been some employers who have adopted a four-day workweek.

We at TheWellnessTribe believe that businesses must be able to adapt and be flexible in order to succeed in the future.

In the long run, the winners will be those who recognize this as an opportunity, adapt and iterate, and explore new working methods.

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