The power of a good story

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With a background as a researcher in the field of epidemiology and infectious diseases, I have produced more than my share in life of tables, graphs and charts. Often a research project starts with an exciting issue. What is the cause of an outbreak? How effective is a new vaccine? Does a certain infectious disease increase the risk of developing cancer later in life? How does infections spread in the community?

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The importance of a good night’s sleep

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Sleep is the vital balm that restores us after a long day of work and play, and prepares us for the next. How we feel at day is largely determined by how well we sleep at night.

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To walk in beauty

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There is an expression “To walk in beauty”, that I heard for the first time some years ago, but more recently has given me a deeper meaning.

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Leonardo da Vinci’s curiosity

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Perhaps the most curious person in history was the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci, who embodied the Renaissance ideal. da Vinci was not only one of the best artists of his time but probably also the greatest inventor ever. He was also a scientist, anatomist, mathematician, sculptor, botanist, musician, author and much more.

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Reflections on happiness during a pilgrimage

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A few days ago, I wrote on the blog about 12 strategies to increase happiness. By chance (or not), this theme came back today during a “pilgrimage walk” organised by the Färentuna church. We were six people, of different ages, who for three hours walked in Eldgarnsö Nature Reserve and talked about what happiness really is and what makes us happy.

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If you want to achieve something – decide that you are already there

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Doubting your ability is often the greatest obstacle to achieving your goals. If you have already ruled out your chances, you will never realize your dreams. When you really want to accomplish something, you should instead decide in your mind that you are already there.

If you want to invent something, the first step is to consider yourself as inventor. If you want to compose music, consider yourself a composer. If you want to write a book see yourself as an author. If you want to create art, take the role of an artist.

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Twelve strategies to increase your happiness

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We all carry within us a great potential for positive energy that can be expressed in friendship, love, compassion, appreciation of nature.

The most unhappy people often have difficulty accessing this positive energy. They believe that happiness should be given to them from outside and when they don’t receive it, they feel bitter and unfairly treated. And the more bitter they are, the more they encapsulate their own positive energy potential. It is important to reverse these viscious circles.

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