Hello, welcome to “counselling and words” and to my word of today. It is the Greek word “Sophrosyne”. “Sophrosyne” is an ancient Greek concept of an ideal personality in body, mind and character. It means healthy state of mind, characterised by self-control, moderation and a deep awareness of one’s true self. And in case you are able to achieve that ideal, it will be resulting in true happiness. That’s fascinating isn’t it? It looks like “Sophrosyne” is reminding us that we only have one life and it’s up to us to make the best of it. Time is precious and limited and we shouldn’t waste it. Life is not about following the majority and living to the extreme. “Sophrosyne” teaches us awareness and it reminds us of true values. “Sophrosyne” is having self-control and self-knowledge. It’s the ability to calm down, being slow to anger and having restraint. Sometimes we tend to judge too harshly and we rush into decisions without thinking; and then after while we regret what we said or did. “Sophrosyne” can help us to stop and think and to try to find other ways of coping with problems. We can learn to understand ourselves better. “Sophrosyne” can help us keep the right balance between our mood, the atmosphere we are in and the demands of others. It is thinking for ourselves without being egoistic. Today we call “Sophrosyne” mindfulness. So we have the word mindfulness nowadays. And well achieving “Sophrosyne” means striving for a live in balance and well-being. Knowing the difference between need and want, and making choices that will strengthen our understanding of self. And well I know “Sophrosyne” is an ideal and maybe not to achieve at all; it’s not possible maybe. But what we can do, is to try to live up to that ideal and maybe that attitude will lead to a happy life. That was about my Greek word “Sophrosyne”. Thank you very much for watching and see you next week with a new word. Bye-bye!