This is another great writing by one of my favourite writers, Eric Barker.
Essentially, the 3 essence to improve your emotional intelligence are:
1. Learn to recognize emotional granuality.
It is not just this makes me “feel good” or “not feel good.”
2. Learn new words that describe emotions – the Japanese has a word to describe the emotion you feel after you have a bad haircut!
I think talking to more cultures and understand their special vocabulary would really help.
3. Create new emotions – give a name to it.
All of these help your brain to figure out better what situations you are really in and to provide you with more resources or flexibility to cope with them.
Instead of being all panicky about the problem, you might feel cool about it – like the Hong Kong Chinese say: “when the sky falls, treat it like a blanket is covering you” (not always, but sometimes this works!)
European flaire and the Denmark’s popular lifestyle – hygge (“cozy” or “enjoyment”) can be found in an unexpected part of Hong Kong called Wan Chai, which is famous for its night clubs, restaurants, and markets.
This is Lee Tung Avenue, which used to be the famous street of book/news publishing and wedding cards printing in Hong Kong. It has been redeveloped into a shopping arcade with plenty of European pleasure, shopping, eating, and sweet indulgence in the midst of busy Wan Chai.
To all flowers lovers including yours truly, here is a short and sweet video to how to arrange flowers like a pro from Food52 for your parties and just pure bliss at home. Play around with your glass containers, bud vase, egg vase, canning jars, etc. for beautiful arrangements on your tabletops, shelves, and fireplaces!
Mix coconut milk, cumin, onion bits, granulated garlic, sea salt, chopped kale into the steamed and mashed sweet potato, and then mold into little balls. Sprinkle some grounded flax seeds on top. Then bake for 20-25 minutes. Sounds delicious and healthy!
Cut slices from the baguette, drizzle some olive oil and put them in the oven for about 2 minutes. Then put a piece of dark, bittersweet chocolate on top and then bake for another 2 minutes (6 inches away from heat source.) Alternatively, melt the dark chocolate with olive oil in a pot and then put the sauce onto the baguette. Sprinkle some sea salt, add some orange zest (optional) and enjoy! If you are gluten-free, there is a recipe to make Gluten-free and egg-free baguette!
A fellow blogger Nia (photographofnia.com) shared a delightful painting of this Denmark artist, Iwona Lifsches, and I immediately fell in love with her work. Now I have her painting in my home screen in my big and nice iPhone 6 plus.
Her paintings are the melting pot of naive art, bright colours, idiosyncratic scale, child-like perspective, daily experience and emotions, wry humor, love, and affection for her countryside. You can find more of her work here.