The Value of Adventure By Line Goguen-Hughes
In this wonderfully written article, author Line Goguen-Hughes explores why we risk life and limb to accomplish amazing feats like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. His answer revolves around becoming more mindful and cultivating one’s strengths of character - “Outdoor adventure can essentially function like an extreme meditation cushion, teaching not only concentration, but also inquiry, compassion, and right action.”
The Japanese Practice of ‘Forest Bathing’ by Ephrat Livni
This is an especially interesting and science-backed look at some of the benefits of spending time in nature. “Now there’s scientific evidence supporting eco-therapy. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.”
340 Ways to Use VIA Character Strengths by Tayyab Rashid & Afroze Anjum
Becoming more aware, exploring and applying our strengths and virtues at work and at home has been linked to substantially higher levels of well-being. Virtues and strengths are important for living a satisfying life; so here is a very practical guide to expressing more of your signature strengths. Try some of the exercises and let us know what you think! Learn more about your Character Strengths on the VIA site.
Tyler Tervooren gives a fun and interesting talk about how adventure develops our confidence, makes us more socially attractive, and helps us function more effectively in everyday life. It’s a humorous video that equips viewers with a very pragmatic perspective on how adventure can function as a performance enhancer and lifehack.
Jason Silva on Science, Adventure and Exploration Wonder junkie and existential poet Jason Silva discusses adventure, exploration and discovery in this beautifully produced and motivating National Geographic video. Jason’s characteristically bombastic language compels viewers off the couch, while he provides a thought provoking view of how adventure helps us to discover what we may become and self-actualize.
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