Five things I learned on Happy's Mindfulness training course

Five things I learned on Happy’s Mindfulness training course

There’s a lot of wonderfully eye-opening mindfulness literature and scholarship, but reading it can’t quite equip you to swiftly commence a thoroughly operational mindfulness practice. Taking in-the-flesh guidance from someone well versed in the actualisation of mindfulness is a far more effective way of kicking things off. It’s similar to taking up the guitar, forRead more

Five Tips for Dealing With Difficult People

Five Tips for Dealing With Difficult People

We can all admit that our actions aren’t always entirely pleasant. This could be caused by external stresses, unsatisfied expectations or self-involved flutters of the ego. Accordingly, we often face difficult situations or somewhat fractious interactions with the people we encounter in our day-to-day lives. There’s no denying that some individuals have grave, deep seatedRead more

Book Review- Calm by Michael Acton Smith

Book review: Calm by Michael Acton Smith

Billy has read Calm by Michael Acton Smith – here are his thoughts on this mindfulness-focused book. To fully appreciate the utility of Michael Acton Smith’s Calm, it’s useful to paint a broad picture of the culture it endeavours to influence. In contemporary Western societies, we’re trained to keep ourselves occupied at all times. There’sRead more

"If you're so smart, why aren't you happy?" Book report - Part 2

Book Report: “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?” (Part 2)

In If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?, psychological researcher and happiness coach Raj Raghunathan argues that happiness is our natural state. Several aspects of socialisation can lead us astray, but Raghunathan aims to remedy this by identifying the “seven deadly happiness sins” and resolving each of them with a corresponding habit of theRead more

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