And the sunset

I am a forever sunset hunter, and I am sure that a lot of you are as well! So, instead of words this time, I want just to share with you a wonderful video that I took recently, so you can enjoy it if you love sunsets, or start loving them now!

Ahh! And this song which is one of my favorites from Xavier Rudd.

Three facts about Michigan

When I received the invitation to participate in the March Madness in a bracket pool, I had no idea what was it about. But the first thing I read was from my good friend Diego, from whom I will trust every word about sports. He replied to the collective email: Its a great sporting event to look forward to, and it’s a whole month. Just registered my bracket it was pretty simple and fast. I’m with Michigan this time. And I absolutely trusted him! When trying out my bracket, I was just thinking on how hard would be to have a final with University of Michigan and Michigan State University competing while I am in Detroit, Michigan. But I went for it, my prediction were the two of them as the finalists in the national tournament for men’s college basketball in the United States, where a field of 68 teams gets narrowed down to one national champion over 3 weeks through a huge bracket.

An Overview on Migration and Happiness

The World Happiness Report 2018 was launched on March 14th 2018, with a special focus on migration and happiness; apart from its usual ranking of the levels and changes in happiness in 156 countries by their happiness levels, this year report adds the ranking of 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.

According to the report, the overall rankings of country happiness are based on the pooled results from Gallup World Poll surveys from 2015-2017, and show both change and stability. This year´s report includes data on how the decision of migrants to move seeking  for a happier life has a result not only on them, but also in the other two groups affected by migration, those who remain in the area of origin, and those who are already living in the area of destination.

International Day of Happiness 2018

Probably you have already heard something about this: An international day to celebrate happiness. Sounds brilliant if we realize that happiness and well-being are the highest human aspirations. But, how can this be addressed in the public policies?

The celebration has its origins thanks to the Kingdom of Bhutan that considers net happiness of inhabitants more important than the net domestic product; thus, the Kingdom introduced a new measurement of national prosperity focusing on people’s well-being rather than economic productivity. Nonetheless, even if there has been growing interest in the concept “gross national happiness”, it was not until 2011 that the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal”, called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples”, and noticed that the gross domestic product (GDP) indicator “does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people in a country.”

How Do You Become Stronger? – Part II

This is the second part of my piece talking about those things in life that make me feel stronger. In the first one I shared about how important has been for me to keep physically strong, to exercise and maintain moving, walking, biking, no matter how the external conditions could be. This may sound simple, but I learned how important is movement and health for the body to do everything that we pursue. Now I want to share about how moving is important also for my mind and emotions.

How Do You Become Stronger?

Some days I feel powerful and that I can do anything. It may happen in the mornings after the alarm clock rings and I discover myself smiling. Was I dreaming something really beautiful? That is a great start to inspire me for hours. It may occur along the day, when I am in the shower, walking alone in the street, in the supermarket, sitting in any vehicle, chair or bench, and unexpectedly an “Aha! Moment” luminously surprises me with an idea or puzzle solving. Mind, just go through it.  Or, it can be through one of those inspiring conversations with shiny people able to spark any moment. Those instants just make me smile and keep that smile the rest of the day, knowing how lucky, passionate and capable I am to follow my dreams, live a life of service, and feel in harmony with the universe.

The power of Detroit

It has been exactly two months since I arrived to Detroit. Writing from my desk, leaning back and exhaling a long sigh, after all this time running myself into the ground, I take a minute for myself… Yeah, how did I get here?

When Atlas Corps and America Solidaria selected me for a double fellowship I was super excited and honored. But being honest, weeks after that, when I read Detroit, my face probably unconsciously grimaced. Instantly I was trying to mentally recall something that would give me a clue of what I would find there. The next step was probably frowning; snow, gray and cars were the three words that first appeared in my mind. Do I really want to be there for one year? I wished someone had been there to tell me now how expressive my gestures were (as they have been forever).