Your Best Self

Six Reasons To Drink Water

After reviewing the results of my Biological Age Test, I discovered one of the biggest factors responsible for accelerating the ageing process is dehydration. Made up of 70-75% water, your body needs it to survive and properly function. If you are not properly hydrated, your body will show symptoms of fatigue, memory loss, dry skin, […]

Five Shared Healing Powers of Lemons and Laughter

Last week I sat down with Thomas Flindt, laughter guru and author of Happy Lemons, and found out the reason behind the use of “lemons” for his book title. Certainly, the cheerful yellow nature of lemons doesn’t hurt the image, but the real reason behind the name was actually much more scientific than I realised. […]

3 Negative Effects of GMO Use

Tomato sauce, bread, cookies, veggie burgers, protein powders, chips, Cheerios, and salad dressings. Were you aware that many of these are the products of GMO or genetically modified organisms? When choosing between two options, do you typically go for the item that gives you more for your money, but is full of preservatives and GMO’s? […]

Using Distractions to Avoid Problems

We can tell a lot about people by how they deal with difficult and confusing moments in life. Anyone can remain calm and gracious during the upswings, but it is how they deal with the downswings that really reveals their true character. We have been following Rasmus, the protagonist in Matias Dalsgaard’s Don’t Despair, through […]

Celebrate the Big and the Small Victories

Last week, our very own laughter guru, Thomas Flindt, was featured on CNN with Sanjay Gupta to explore happiness in Denmark. The day it aired on television, we all gathered here at the Pine Tribe office for a viewing party – complete with lemonade inspired by his book, Happy Lemons. The one thing which Thomas […]

When Do We Take Individualism Too Far?

In this day and age, independence and being one’s own individual are seen as highly desirable traits to strive for. In the workplace, employees are valued if they can work as part of a team – but also work independently as well. And at the end of the day, we respect people more for earning […]

Skinny Fat: Why Thin Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy

Have you ever envied the person who could toss back diet sodas, beers, and junk food and still be effortlessly thin? It seems like it would a be a dream come true, but perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. We focus so much on outward appearances, and the numbers on the scale, without considering that […]

5 Signs That You’re Unhappy at Work

Happiness at work seems like a win-win. Productivity goes up, sales increase, and (most importantly) employees enjoy going to work everyday. Yet, there are always two-sides to every coin. When you’ve spent as much time trying to spread happiness at work as I have, it’s natural to find unhappiness as well. But I’m grateful to […]

What’s Wrong with Being Ordinary?

“Things don’t have to be extraordinary to be beautiful. Even the ordinary can be beautiful.” ― Wicker Park I think it is safe to say that nobody in the western world wants to be ordinary. In the back of our minds, we all strive for the extraordinary, to be exceptional in some way. We live in […]

Laughter is Power: Use Laughter Mindfully

I dare you to find me a bigger supporter of laughter, and the benefits of laughter, than Copenhagen’s own laughter guru, Thomas Flindt. Thomas travels extensively teaching people how to open themselves up to laughter and how to better their lives through it. Through Thomas and his book, Happy Lemons, I have learned just how powerful […]

6 Reasons Why Copenhagen Is The Healthiest City

CNN has confirmed something many of us living here already suspected – Copenhagen is one of the 10 healthiest cities in the world! Personally, we feel that Copenhagen is the healthiest city on this list. Here are the top six reasons Copenhagen is the healthiest city: 1. Work/life balance Denmark has a great culture of […]

Are You Consumed By Worry?

I spend way too much of my time worrying about events and ideas which usually never actualise. I believe there are many of us who have this problem – we know we shouldn’t worry so much about things we cannot control, but it’s the kind of thing that is easier said than done. Worry is […]

6 Things You Didn’t Know Were Norwegian

Norway is perhaps one of the most beautiful countries on earth, but culturally it sometimes gets overshadowed by its neighbour to the east, Sweden. Like Denmark, Norway is a small country with more than their fair share of contributions to the world. Here are six things you didn’t know were Norwegian. Roald Dahl Many of […]

Let Go of Perfectionism Through Laughter

All too often, we use the word “perfect” to describe an experience, a person, or an intangible aspect of our lives. I am guilty of it as well, often reacting to a good situation by exclaiming, “That’s perfect!”. However, focusing too much on perfection can make us unhappy. It was Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in […]

5 Ways to Get Kids Eating Healthy

At a very young age, children are taught the basic virtues and moral values for integrating into society. They learn right from wrong, how to make choices, not to run out into the street, and ways to engage in public and private settings. It seems strange then to not establish health as a priority. For […]

Are You Self-Absorbed?

Self-absorbed. We all know someone who is. Or maybe someone has used this term to describe you at some point. I have certainly witnessed this behaviour before and that’s why it was an easy concept to relate to in Matias Dalsgaard’s Don’t Despair. In the book, we learn early on that Rasmus, the protagonist, lives […]

Working with your Flow: How your energy leads to Work-Life Balance

We’ve all had that moment at work when you find yourself staring at a computer screen and completely drawing a blank. The times where your brain is just completely disconnected from the task at hand, and nothing seems to flow. It’s always a strange experience—particularly when you compare it to other days where the work […]

Six Things You Didn’t Know Were Danish

Denmark is a small Scandinavian country of about 5 million people, and recently it has become known for high levels of happiness and quality of life. For such a small country, Denmark has contributed quite a lot to the world over the years, but many of its exports aren’t immediately associated with Danish-ness. Here are […]

Pride Week: Being Gay in Copenhagen

Last week was a great week to be gay in Copenhagen. Saturday marked the end of this year’s Copenhagen Pride Week, a week where LGBT issues are at the centre of attention in the city. The festival is always colourful, festive, and political – and all the events are free! Despite the rain, the final […]

How to Be Your Own Laughter Guru

Many of us living in Copenhagen have been lucky enough to attend a laughter session with Thomas Flindt, laughter guru and author of Happy Lemons. Those who have participated have reported walking out feeling less stressed, lighter, and happier. Unfortunately, we can’t all have Thomas on speed dial for when we’re in need of a […]

Yoga and Hockey: Teaching Yoga to Athletes

Since the 90’s, in most yoga classes, women typically often outnumber men by a 5:1 ratio. Be it the impression of needed flexibility, the slow paced movements, connecting with the emotions, or just boredom, men are reluctant to enter yoga studios. Yet, with the rise in popularity of yoga all over the world, men have started […]

Surströmming: The Smelliest Food in the World

It’s official – the Swedish delicacy, surströmming, is the smelliest food in the world. This title has been awarded by Japanese study measuring the stink factor of various foods around the world. Unlike IKEA, football stars, and catchy pop music, this is one Swedish thing which is not widely exported around the world to be […]

5 Ways To Stay Positive When You Think Everything Sucks

When we are positive, we focus on solutions, ideas, and possibilities. It makes us happier and more efficient workers. We know that we are in charge of our own happiness, but some days our circumstances make this task harder for us. Sometimes our work isn’t going the way it is supposed to or your know-it-all […]

Your Guide to Swedish Student Nations

Last week I highlighted the differences between life at American and Swedish universities as I experienced during my time at Virginia Tech and Uppsala University. I touched briefly on the student nation system at Uppsala, but didn’t really get to go into depth about this unique tradition. Uppsala University and Lund University are the only […]

The Appeal of Before and After Stories

TV shows like Extreme Makeover, both the plastic surgery series and the home edition in the US were huge television successes. People take a great interest in seeing the metamorphosis of weight loss triumphs and failures, plastic surgery flops and successes, and the transformations of homes and cars. For anyone who has gone through their own “makeover” […]

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