Book Report: If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy? (Part 1)

Book Report: “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?” (Part 1)

Intelligence doesn’t secure happiness. Neither does financial well-being, creative satisfaction or a healthy marriage. Heck, even winning the lottery won’t slap an immutable smile on your face. But despite these hard truths, Raj Raghunathan argues that happiness is our natural state. The problem is that several aspects of socialisation lead us astray. In If You’reRead more

Crying: The Unexpected Key to Happiness

Crying: The Unexpected Key To Happiness

Even in an age of hyper-individualism, there’s still a stigma about crying. We’re basically expected to suppress any outward display of vulnerability in the public arena lest our humanity be unceremoniously revealed. But hold up. Although crying is unlikely to help you navigate a confusing transport system or snare a refund from an uninspiring rideRead more

Book Review: A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Book Review: A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax

If you’re somewhat dubious about Ruby Wax’s suitability to educate the masses on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), consider this: in 2013, the actor and TV personality gained a Master’s degree in MBCT from Oxford University; she’s spent much of her latter career raising mental health awareness; and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled follows her earlierRead more

Four simple ways to be more assertive in your everyday life

Four simple ways to be more assertive

These are volatile times. Depending on where you look, you’ll find vocal masses convinced we’re either heading for a reinvigorated future or that the apocalypse is nigh. We are leaving the EU, the world is enduring a refugee crisis, the health of the planet is continually diminishing and the Bake Off is moving to Channel 4.Read more