Find Yourself A Moment To Grow.


I try do different things to develop myself and improve myself and make the world a better place. I do some things every day and others sometimes. Maybe there is something for you?

  • Yoga, meditation, mindfullness, tai chi, Wim Hof method and exercise.
  • In 2015, in six months I learned to see that schizophrenia is an opportunity. This helped me see it more positively.

  • I write a two minute positive thanks e-mail to someone else every day. In such an e-mail I compliment them and tell the person why I am grateful for what they do. See the video above for an example.
  • I think of new things to be grateful for every night before I go to sleep, usually while brushing my teeth. It helps me to be more optimistic. . You can read more about it in my UWV Perspectief blog (in Dutch).
  • I try to do one thing that scares me every day. I got that idea from the song below (Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen). There is a line in the song which says: “do one thing every day that scares you.” Because of this I see more opportunities.

  • I think of a positive experience in the last 24 hours for two minutes to find more meaning in my life.
  • I write down my compliments in a notebook as well as my successes and insights. I also give someone an honest compliment every day.
  • II practice the 10 to 5 way in my neighborhood. This means that I smile at a stranger from 10 feet (3 meters) and make eye contact and say hi to someone from 5 feet (1.5 meters). I got this idea from Shawn Achor from his talk at Google, which you can watch below. or read my blog about this experience (in Dutch).

  • Every day I write down 3 specific good things that happened the day before to create a thinking pattern of happiness, gratitude and optimism.
  • I make a photo album of each year with the most important pictures of that year in chronological order.
  • I use the ‘20 second rule’ from Shawn Achor to create more positive habits and avoid bad ones. Learn more about the 20 second rule.
  • I sometimes do things I feel uncomfortable with. For example, trying out a sport that I don’t have a talent for. Joel Runyon says: “chose to be uncomfortable and see what happens.” Learn more in his TED talk about cold shower therapy below.

  • I make jokes with the people around me about my schizophrenia. Read more about how I became friends with my diagnoses, injuries and disabilities here (in Dutch)
  • I try to do random acts of kindness on regular base. In August 2017 I have performeed 2.200 random acts of kindness in a month. Learn more here: Be kind ot other people for no reason (in Dutch)
  • I write down my ideas in a notebook. I got this idea from Pam Grout. Learn more: "Why everybody – not just artists – needs to practice creativity"
  • I do comfort zone challenges like laying on the ground in public places for 30 seconds to tackle my fear and become more confident. I write about my experience in . This blog (in Dutch) In the ted talk here you can learn more