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Working Nine to Five: Is It the Only Way?

Working Nine to Five: Is It the Only Way?

I’m sure there are people who are happy working nine to five (or similar hours), but I’ve met very few of them. All too often, working 8+ hours a day seems to make us tired, stressed and irritable. But why? I don’t think long hours themselves are explicitly the problem. Many people who are starting … Read More

Spiritual Growth: Is Enlightenment Just for the Few?

Spiritual Growth: Is Enlightenment Just for the Few?

What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘enlightenment’? Most of us probably think of Buddhist monks, spending decades meditating for 10 hours a day until they finally reach an enlightened state. We see enlightenment as something which very few people will ever come close to, and we are far too preoccupied with our … Read More

The Power of Changing Your Mindset

The Power of Changing Your Mindset

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about mindset. It’s something I’ve touched on before with regards to sustainability and animal rights, but mindset has a huge impact on our personal lives too. In particular, I think our health and happiness often depend more on our mindsets than on external life circumstances. Let me explain. The … Read More

9 Healthy Daily Habits That Will Change Your Life

9 Healthy Daily Habits That Will Change Your Life

Most of us feel, in the backs of our minds, that we ought to adopt certain healthy habits. We may even stress out about it, worrying that we don’t have time to fit in habits which would really improve our lives. It’s impossible to do everything, so we need to prioritise the habits which will … Read More

Why Practice Yoga? Tips and Benefits

Why Practice Yoga? Tips and Benefits

Given how passionate I am about yoga, I’m not sure why I’ve never devoted a post to it before. I genuinely believe that yoga is such an important and healthy practice, and that everyone can benefit from it. I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve been practising yoga for a couple of years now. … Read More

How to Spend Less Time Online

How to Spend Less Time Online

Almost two years ago now, I spent two weeks off-grid on a vegan permaculture farm. One of my initial concerns was the lack of internet connection on the site. I was used to using the internet all day, every day – how would I cope? Excellently, as it turned out. I was surprised to find … Read More

Does Frugality Bring Freedom?

Does Frugality Bring Freedom?

I’m currently reading a book called Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell. Early on in the book, she quotes Christopher Lasch, a cultural historian. Lasch says, “The tired worker, instead of attempting to change the conditions of his work, seeks renewal in brightening his immediate surroundings with new goods and … Read More

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

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