Savour the Small Stuff

Image by NASA, via Wikimedia Commons. In 1978 six astronauts who had been in training at the Johnson Space Center for almost a year are getting a sample of weightlessness. They are onboard the NASA KC-135 that uses a special parabolic pattern to create brief periods of microgravity, affording astronauts and astronaut candidates a preview of spaceflight. These flights are nicknamed the “vomit comet” because of the nausea that is often induced.

More wise words from Chris Hadfield this week. Why not write down three things that you could savour right now.  It could be a good conversation, your walk in the park or something small that made you laugh. Whatever works for you.  It’ll boost your dopamine and your performance at work today.  This and other techniques can energise us all and are a key part of our Positive Leadership, Peak Performance course.

“What we do in space is serious, yes, but it’s also incredibly fun. It’s not just about the epic EVA but the M&Ms dancing merrily inside the package, colliding colourfully in weightlessness,” says Commander Chris Hadfield in his book ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’.

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“Life is full of so many small unexpected pleasures, not just in space but right here on Earth and I think I see them more clearly now than I used to because microgravity insists you pay attention. Weightlessness is like a new toy you get to unwrap every day, again and again.

It’s a great reminder too that you need to savour the small stuff, not just sweat it”.

Savouring the good things is a key habit which research shows boosts resilience, well-being and performance at work. Even on the tough days we can find something to celebrate for ourselves and with our teams.  It’ll energise you and the people around you.


If you would like to learn an evidence based approach to energising yourself and others, do contact us and we can show you how we tackle this on our courses.

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