Health and Balance

Fluxing with April Rinne

Third lesson

The third lesson dives deeper into happiness in the form of trust, navigating in times of change and the concept of resilience. Balance is key when it comes to figuring out your happiness journey.

What you'll learn

This Fluxing lesson with April shows you all the essential methods for fostering your inner Finnish spirit. April focuses with you on the relationship between happiness, change, and uncertainty, highlighting the significant role nature plays in it. We will explore the differences between living in a "more-more-more" society and embracing the concept of "Knowing Your Enough," which is central to Finnish culture. Additionally, you will delve into the role of trust and the Finnish concept of sisu, representing inner strength and grit. These themes dovetail throughout the lesson, offering a unique opportunity to explore the connection between change, happiness, and resilience. You will learn how to develop resilience as a vital skill for thriving in a future that is constantly changing. April will guide you through the initial steps of navigating change and uncertainty while cultivating happiness and peace in your life.

Superpowers for thriving in constant change


Knowing your “enough”


The relationship between trust and happiness


”The things April said will forever have changed the way I live my life. I learned that trusting myself and connecting to my confidence leads to my happiness.”

– Laura, Brazil

Your coach April Rinne

April Rinne is a “change navigator”, speaker, investor and adventurer whose work and travels in more than 100 countries have given her a front-row seat to a world in flux. She is ranked one of the 50 leading female futurists in the world by Forbes and is a Harvard Law School graduate, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a Fulbright Scholar, a member of the Silicon Guild and Thinkers50 Radar and the author of the international bestseller Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change. April's Finnish father taught her to go off the beaten path and imbued in her a Finnish way of looking at the world.

April is a trusted advisor to well-known start-ups, companies, financial institutions, non-profits, think tanks and governments worldwide, including Airbnb, Nike, Intuit, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, AnyRoad and Unsettled as well as governments ranging from Singapore to South Africa, Canada to Colombia and Italy to India. Earlier in life, she was a global development executive, an international microfinance lawyer and a hiking guide. As a certified yoga teacher, she can often be found upside-down, doing handstands around the world.

Watch the lesson Fluxing with April Rinne


The fun part: your task

Trust is foundational to everything, including happiness and navigating change. It is impossible to thrive without trust. But our understanding of trust is quite limited. There are many kinds of trust: Of other people, of the broader community in which you live, of the government, of business, of technology. And most of all, of yourself!

  1. Understand your current relationship to trust, think and make notes:
    • Do you believe that the average person can be trusted? Why or why not?
    • Do you trust yourself? Why or why not? When does your self-trust falter most?
    • Does technology help you trust more, or less? Why? What about inequality?
    • How does trust differ – for example, trust of a friend versus an organization?
  2. Your trust history: Find two friends (or even strangers – an act of trust) to share what incident or episode or moment in your life helped form, or colored, your current attitudes about trust. Perhaps it was a betrayal, or hidden secret, or a beautiful gesture.
  3. Tiny acts of trust: Engage in small acts of trust and vulnerability. Give free hugs to anyone who asks. Pay for someone’s coffee as a surprise. Tell someone you’re sorry. The opportunities to Start with Trust are endless.

This task is developed based on April's book Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change as well as a bespoke collaboration for this lesson to bring "fluxiness" alive in the Finnish context.

Done with this lesson? Great! Remember to download the lesson 3 certificate at the end of this page. Next, it's time for lesson 4!