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Brief Published: 13 Apr 2016

Wellbeing Trends: YOTM 2016 Preview

Wellbeing is becoming more and more important, according to leading psychologist Britta Hölzel

International speakers are set to present radical ideas on digital transformation and innovation at this year's Year of the Monkey festival, taking place in Munich on April 21. Leading psychologist Britta Hölzel offers a glimpse into the future of wellbeing, ahead of the event.

  • Pockets of Peace: Many people today are trying to find "little moments and spaces in between work and the things we need to do", says Hölzel. The next step is "not to take the weekend off in order to come back to a sense of wellbeing, but to be able to learn the skills of mindfulness and apply them within a challenging work day". 
  • The Purpose Economy: "Wellbeing is becoming more and more important," Hölzel continues. "People want to pursue it more. They want to be able to find places of wellbeing within the challenges of work/life." Ultimately, "we really want to come back to a life that's meaningful for us, not so driven by the tasks and duties we have to do every day, but really connected with our purpose".  
  • Mindful Work: Hölzel envisions a future where mindfulness will become deeply integrated into our economic and political systems. She believes that "the way we work together will have a more mindful and compassionate aspect". "A lot of people are thinking towards that and that's what will be next," she predicts. "We must begin to think in different ways and interact more mindfully and compassionately with each other: the global situation simply calls for it."

Look out for full coverage of the event, coming soon.