Violence (aka What Has Happened To Our Humanity?)

Madness. The cycle of stupidity: Make weapons Sell weapons to friends (who could later turn out to be enemies) Spend millions going to war (airstrikes, friendly fire, reduce entire cities to rubble, kill innocent civilians, breed more hatred) Spend millions cleaning up the mess we’ve made Make more weapons (go to step 1) What has happened to our humanity? Today’s world feels like an even more twisted version of 1984. Violence breeds violence. Madness.

Untitled – Afraid I Can’t Tell You This One In The Title…

Why all of the mystery all of a sudden? Well, it’s not that exciting but has something to do with the way I thought about writing this post. You’ll see soon enough and will probably work it out before I tell you. I’ll shortly be going on holiday – skiing if you must know – and I intend to take about 200 books with me. At least 200. Even though I’m certain I will have very little time to do any reading at all (our skiing holidays are quite exciting you see). “How will you fit all of those books … Read The Full Article …

Trans-Fats (aka The Clever Science That Clogs Our Arteries)

Trans-Fats are used by the food industry to make products last longer and cost less. You may have already heard about trans-fats also called hydrogenated fats. You’ll find them in margarines, cookies, fast food,… The Problem With Hydrogenated Fats ‘Slight’ problem…hydrogenated fats are not naturally-occurring fats. They are made artificially by bombarding fats with hydrogen atoms in order to change their molecular structure. Pretty clever science… but not for our body which does not know how to deal with it and cannot eliminate it. Consequently, hydrogenated fats clog our arteries. They also raise the levels of bad cholesterol and decrease the … Read The Full Article …

Sleep (aka What Our Bodies Get Up To Whilst We’re Dreaming)

Sleep is one of the pillars of health. So why do we need sleep? Although the precise mechanisms and functions of sleep are still being studied and some questions remain without satisfactory responses, one thing is certain: without sleep we do not function properly. Sleep gives our body a quiet time, away from the demands of daily waking functions, to clean, repair, replenish, regulate, restore itself and prepare for another day. Why We Need Sleep: What Sleep Does For Us… Here are some of the processes taking place during our sleep: cells, damaged by free radicals during the day, are … Read The Full Article …

Re-Use (aka The Good Life)

How about this for re-use… Way back when we started writing articles for this site we wrote quite a lot of money saving tips. One of those articles, written by Isabelle was on re-use. So I’m re-using it. So, Isabelle originally started that article with the vivid memory of when she lost her job and how that made her worry about less money coming in… … how at first, she thought we would be OK, because her husband (me) still worked.  Then she panicked, thinking the drop in monthly income would mean we couldn’t afford to have the same lifestyle, … Read The Full Article …

Questions (aka The Dangers of Self-Help & Positivity)

Do you believe in positivity? What about cynicism, do you believe in that? No, I’m not asking you to be cynical – well, not entirely 😉 (though I have to admit I have been called cynical plenty of times) – it’s a question of how much positivity vs. how much cynicism – or simply put, questions. I cringe when someone tells me I run a self-help site. I do help people. That’s kind of what consultants are meant to do (i.e. the actual consulting bit is meant to be of use). I also believe that we are more empowered than … Read The Full Article …

Parking: Why You Should Look for Free Parking

Most major towns and cities have restrictions around parking, whether yellow lines or paid parking bays or controlled zones, it’s often difficult to find parking. However, there is often free parking not so far away if you know where to look. It’s worth spending a bit of time to find out where these free spaces are, sometimes you may have to walk a bit further to get to and from your car (which is good for you!) but these places do exist and when you find them, there’s no more worrying about rushing back to your car in time before … Read The Full Article …

Overthinking: How To Retrain Your Brain To Think Less

Do you agonize over the simplest decision? Do you replay again and again in your head past dialogues or hypothetical ones you wished you had? Do you worry about the consequences of your actions to the point where it’s keeping you awake at night? You are an overthinker. Just like more than half the female population in the US and more than 70% of 25 to 35 year-olds. The good news… thinking IS a good thing. It helps with processing information, making informed decisions, solving problems. The more you think, the more you stimulate your brain, the more intelligent you … Read The Full Article …

The Art Of Nudging: How To Gently Influence Decisions

What do Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merckel have in common? They all believe in ‘Nudging’. They all have ‘Nudge Units’ working for their governments and advising them on how to influence public choices simply by presenting these choices differently. It’s called Choice Architecture. Here’s the example that’s very often given when explaining Nudging because it’s simple yet very effective: changing organ donation from an opt-in to an opt-out option. Rather than having to say you want to donate your organs (which few people do), your organs will be automatically donated unless you say otherwise. Since most people don’t … Read The Full Article …

Mindfulness, The Wandering Mind & The Power of Now

It’s nothing like as easy as it sounds… How could it be? Mindfulness is a really simple concept to grasp, really easy to understand, and if I told you how to do it (which we did here: How To Practice The Art Of Mindfulness), you’d master it in a crack. It’s not like learning to play the violin or building a rocket. It’s not complicated at all. Yet, it’s nothing like as easy as it sounds. I know, you probably spotted the contradiction there. I just said it was easy and then that it isn’t. Oh. My. Gosh. Let me … Read The Full Article …