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

Introducing the Compassion Chronicles!

Introducing the Compassion Chronicles!

Hello everyone, I don’t usually post at this time of week, but there’s something I’m really excited to share with you all. I’ve had a mailing list for a while now, but I’ve suffered from writers’ block when it comes to figuring out what to email you about. It felt daunting to commit to a … 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

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