Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

was born in Gdańsk. She is a psychologist and sociologist. She used to work as a reporter for the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily in Gdańsk. For seven years, she was based in Brussels, where she worked with the Polish Press Agency (PAP). Currently, she is the EU correspondent for the Polish office of “Deutsche Welle” and a contributor to PAP Technologies. She graduated from the Polish School of Reportage.
Program Yourself to Be Happy
Art + Stories
Experiences

Program Yourself to Be Happy

Optimists live longer, are more self-confident, and deal with stress more effectively. Pessimists can also learn to be optimistic, but it takes some practice.
Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
Simple, Ordinary Kindness
Soul + Body
Good Mood

Simple, Ordinary Kindness

It's in our blood: kind gestures are evolution's gift to humankind. If it hadn't been for kindness, the story of our species would most likely have taken a very different turn. 
Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
Don’t Fear the Tiger
Soul + Body
Good Mood

Don’t Fear the Tiger

Over thousands of years, our brains have developed to pay attention to negative stimuli. This can also make it difficult to deal with anxious thoughts.
Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
The Smell of Fear
World + People
Science

The Smell of Fear

Child and adolescent psychiatrist Jacek Dębiec talks about how we communicate fear and whether it is possible to inherit trauma across different generations.
Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
Like a Cow Chewing Grass
Soul + Body
Wellbeing

Like a Cow Chewing Grass

Negative thoughts tire us out psychologically. Sometimes they return again and again, like a boomerang, trapping our mind in a difficult cycle. What can we do with such thoughts?
Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
Death and the Plant
World + People
Nature

Death and the Plant

Not all that is natural is good for you – as a 19th-century Scottish tailor found out when he ate a sandwich prepared with what he thought was parsley...
Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
Finding Peace Through Yoga
Soul + Body
Breathe In

Finding Peace Through Yoga

VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service.
Jowita Kiwnik Pargana