The cultural shaping of happiness

There exist different underlying motivations on how to pursue happiness in different cultures. As I am living in Japan as a Westerner, I was interested to study some culturally shaped concepts of happiness and also linked them to the correlation between wealth and happiness.

Japan is eating itself. – An analyzis and recommendation for vitalization

Extremely homogeneous society, almost full employment, low criminality, high suicide rate due to depression, fastest aging society and declining population, unique way of doing business, and economic growth of 0%. How to vitalize Japan?

Holistic approach to change behavior (e.g., towards a smoke-free identity)

Overview This article is distinguishing holism from reductionist concepts and critically analyzes the application of holism in the mental health topic of long-term smoking cessation. By identifying some current state indicators the article suggests a definition of a holistic approach going forward. The effective maintenance of long-term nicotine abstinence is considered to be positively influenced … Continue reading Holistic approach to change behavior (e.g., towards a smoke-free identity)

The mind-brain explanatory gap

Assessing the mind-brain debate Introduction To assess the importance of the mind-brain debate to the science of psychology, I will in this essay first try to clarify what the differing point of view between the psychological theories of dualism and monism are. I will explain the so-called ‘explanation gap’ based on which I don’t consider … Continue reading The mind-brain explanatory gap

11 Ways to Happy Learning and Development (L&D) for Real Performance. The Chief Learning Officer (CLO)

Two decades of insights into many organizations, looking at current literature and trends, and most importantly my ‘Happy Colorful Growth’ spirit let me think beyond present common practices. For every organization (cooperatives may be already a step ahead) willing to take a quantum leap in the happier workforce revolution: These are my key objectives for … Continue reading 11 Ways to Happy Learning and Development (L&D) for Real Performance. The Chief Learning Officer (CLO)

Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other

“Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy I believe that an organization’s ability to grow and compete is wholly dependent on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of its people, as performance is the outcome of learning on individual, group, and organizational level. Not providing the right learning initiatives at the right … Continue reading Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other

Abstracts & Patterns

#67 Deep water [life water painting series] (Mathias Sager, oil colour water mixable on wood panel, M12 60.6 cm x 41.0 cm) #63 RGB III (Mathias Sager, Oil colours water mixable on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″)) #62 Stairways (Mathias Sager, Oil colors water mixable on canvas board, 8F 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″)) #61 RGB II … Continue reading Abstracts & Patterns

Figures & Creatures

United Colors of Humanity (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F8, 455×380 Sing me (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M10, 530×333) #75 Culture shock (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M10 530 x 333) #73 Broken Cultures (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10, 530 x 450) #72 Sad (Mathias Sager, oil on wood … Continue reading Figures & Creatures

Life water painting series

#76 Lake bed (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10 530 x 455) #67 Deep water [life water painting series] (Mathias Sager, oil colour water mixable on wood panel, M12 60.6 cm x 41.0 cm) #045 Flood (Mathias Sager, watermixable oil colours on canvas boards, 3 times 3F 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″)) #036 Volcano lake garden … Continue reading Life water painting series

Japan – Switzerland painting series

#081 United Colors of Humanity (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F8, 455×380) #75 Culture shock (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M10 530 x 333) #73 Broken Cultures (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10, 530 x 450) #71 Lost city (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, P10 530 x 410) #70 Red ladder … Continue reading Japan – Switzerland painting series

Yoga in Yoyogi park

Beetles visiting nearby balcony There I’m breathing, seeking harmony Sing cicades’ and black crows’ voices Drowned out by the crowds percussions Dog runs, barbeque, photography Calm and loud with friends and family Nature culture, symbiosis to immerse in Listen paint it, Yoga in the morning

Affirmation ‘From ambition to purpose’

«From amition to purpose.» Generally, if results are not achieved, it is often not because of missing tools (the wrong «how to»), but because of the wrong purpose and motivation (the wrong «why»). Human beings are most willing to open their mind in a more selfless attitude, if fears of external pressure or desire for … Continue reading Affirmation ‘From ambition to purpose’

Art / Paintings

All Art (mathias sager – Psychology & Art) Hello Mathias! Tell us a few words about yourself. What does a typical day look? Do you just do art, or is art just part of the picture? Hello! Thank you very much for having me! I’m an artist, although I’m a psychologist too. I’ve decided to … Continue reading Art / Paintings

Das Universum strickt sich keine Pullover

Das Sinnbild des roten Lebensfadens wird genutzt, um über das Leben zu philosophieren. Eine ausgeleierte Metapher? Auf jeden Fall ein oft und vielfältig interpretiertes Bild. Es lohnt sich, mal nahe am physischen Konzepts eines Fadens dran zu bleiben und von solchen Charakteristiken mögliche Parallen zum Leben abzuleiten.