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How to be Happy: What’s the Secret?

How to be Happy: What’s the Secret?

Ultimately, happiness is what most of us are searching for in life. We make decisions based on what we think will make us happiest in the long term. But all too often, things don’t work out the way we planned. We get that job we wanted, only to find we’re stressed all the time. Or … Read More

Should You Follow Your Dreams or Be Realistic?

Should You Follow Your Dreams or Be Realistic?

When, as kids, we tell the adults in our lives what we want to be, their responses tend to be predictable. If we want to do something artistic, creative or entrepreneurial, then our aspirations may be called unrealistic. More tactful adults might say, “That’s nice, but you need a plan B in case it doesn’t … Read More

Does Going Against the Grain Bring Social Strain?

Does Going Against the Grain Bring Social Strain?

A few years back, I went to a friend’s dinner party. Knowing that vegan options would be scarce, I’d eaten beforehand. What I hadn’t foreseen was the awkwardness of sitting at a table surrounded by people who were tucking into dinner and dessert, trying not to feel left out. There were several people at the … Read More

Why Good Physical Health Is Not Enough

Why Good Physical Health Is Not Enough

After leaving uni, I took a year out to work on personal projects. I was sick of feeling perpetually stressed and having no time for my hobbies. For once, I was going to use my time exactly as I wanted to. My health is very important to me, so I was determined to look after … Read More

How To Beat Stress With Spirituality

How To Beat Stress With Spirituality

Are you often overwhelmed by negative emotions like stress, anger and sadness? I know I am! When we’re caught up in negative emotions, it can be difficult to think clearly. We may end up getting caught in a spiral of negativity which is hard to break out of. So how can we escape from this … Read More

How Can We Calm Our Restless Minds?

How Can We Calm Our Restless Minds?

Recently, I read The Restful Mind by the Buddhist monk Gyalwa Dokhampa. As soon I read the title, I knew I’d identify with this book; I took up meditation quite recently and have been trying to calm the restlessness of my own mind. Symptoms of the restless mind These days, many of us feel that … Read More

Affluenza: The Sickness You Don’t Know You Have

Affluenza: The Sickness You Don’t Know You Have

I just finished reading “Affluenza” by Oliver James, a book which very much resonated with me. In it, James theorises that most people in developed countries are suffering from an infection called the “affluenza virus”. By this, he means that we’re all excessively preoccupied by money and the pursuit thereof. He places the blame on … Read More