Between the lines

There are so many things we can learn about the people around us in a world where migration became normal. Also working atmosphere and holiday stays can be extremely enhanced by reading the behavior of your counterpart.

Gestures are one form of nonverbal communication in which visible body actions are used to communicate messages, either to replace speech or parallel with spoken words. Movement of the hands and head are mainly included. Gestures are culture-specific and can convey very different meanings in different social or cultural settings. That’s why it is so important to know the basics of gestures of cultures we live visit or even live with. A single emblematic gesture can have very different significance in different cultural contexts, ranging from complimentary to highly offensive.

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The right balance

Here is the second part of the story of two refugees from Afghanistan who went through a lot of challenging situations and often came to a turning point in their young lives. Not only the migration to Austria but also their former lives in Afghanistan were not comparable to our childhood. As a child they could only forget about their daily life problems when they were doing sports. Later on, they found their passion and inner balance in sports and maybe get now the chance to become professional sportsman.

Nevertheless both know how important education is and so they made up for their school diploma in Austria. That’s where we met…


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Abdullah was born in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan in 1995. Because of the bad safety situation he could not got to school. He loved to play football from early childhood on and played on the streets with his brothers. Continue reading

Inner balance

The challenging part of our lives is when it comes to setbacks, stress situations or even strokes of fate and to get the best out of the given situation. For the physical health it is very important to exercise especially during hard times. It keeps us healthy and mentally adaptable. But most of all it is a great way to free our mind and to balance mental stress.

Nowadays we often hear about youngsters threatening each other or fighting or getting into trouble somehow. This problem mainly but not only concerns people without perspectives (unemployed, no working permission, etc.).

One reason for violence besides missing education, support or affection is that exclusion or rejection responds to the same brain areal as physical pain. This kind of “feeling attacked” can lead in worst case to the need of a physical reaction. Luckily sports give us the opportunity to alleviate this kind of “pain” and to free the mind for an approach to a non-physical solution for life’s problems. Continue reading

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People all over the world look different. We are able to guess from which part of the world people are just by looking at their faces – but we can’t differentiate people from the same region without dealing longer with those people. But it’s even more complicated!

We live no longer in the countries our ancestors came from; people from different origins are related and start families. This is what makes us beautiful and special. The mixing of cultures leads to more tolerance and makes us kind of attractive. It’s possible to calculate and visualize the average face of some different faces by setting anatomicaly reliable points on each face. Continue reading