It would be easy to look at the headlines this week and feel pretty low. Every day more bad news seems to hit, the world becomes more turbulent and leaders are making the lives of caricaturists around the world a hell of a lot easier. But one thing continues to impress me around our current Brexit situation: Theresa May's resilience. No matter what knock she gets, she keeps on. Whether you agree with her or not, it's pretty impressive.
While I can't imagine Theresa May would say she is at her happiest right now, apparently resilience has been proven time and again to be one of the key indicators for happiness worldwide and is the best way to stay hopeful in turbulent times, to keep on keeping on.
So how do we stay resilient and, in turn, stay happy in the current climate (seasonal and political)? Apparently we can learn from Iceland, India and Wales. Each of these countries have principles or concepts around resilience ingrained into their culture. See the full list of tips in the below article on how to achieve them.
As for me? I will be living like an Icelander, getting outside for plenty of fresh air, snuggling up with a good book and believing 'it will all work out OK'. Less worry, more happy!
Iceland's Þetta reddast or 'it will all work out ok': Get outside. Even when it’s cold, wet or snowing. And when the outside world finally feels too inhospitable, cultivate your inner life: read a book or make like an Icelander and write one. Indian jugaad mentality or 'it might not be perfect, but you’ll get there': Innovate within constraints, be flexible and think creatively. Things not going to plan A? Try plan B. Never brood. Never sulk. Don’t know how to do something? I’ll bet you know someone who can. Disregard impostor syndrome, dismiss the fear, and do that thing anyway. Welsh hwyl or 'doing something with gusto': Fill your sails, operate at full pelt, and fight a good fight when necessary. Celebrate the arts and education. Learn more about the world around us.