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10 Ways to Sweep Yourself Off Your Feet This Valentine's Day

10 Ways to Sweep Yourself Off Your Feet This Valentine's Day

Sigh. It’s V-day. Plastic, commercialised love is all around. No, maybe that’s not entirely fair; why shouldn’t couples have a day to show some (cheesy) appreciation? But for people who don’t fit the cookie-cutter template it can be frustratingly difficult to avoid Valentine's day. Many people feel increasing pressure and self-criticism for not being partnered up this February 14th. I don’t see that hypocrite Cupid flying around with his girlfriend or boyfriend all the time, but somehow we’re all supposed to feel that way on this day. Here’s...
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3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness

3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness

There's lots of advice on how to be happy nowadays. Be more purposeful. Be happy with where you are. Write a list of your dreams. Meditate more. Enjoy the journey. It's all good advice, most of it backed by solid research. But sometimes it seems like there are so many routes to happiness, it's hard to know which way to turn. Instead of getting on with it and just being happy, you spend too much time wondering if what you're doing is what you're supposed to be doing, if you're doing it properly and if you're doing enough of it. And then you...
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9 Ways To Be a Business Romantic

9 Ways To Be a Business Romantic

Tim Leberecht is author of The Business Romantic: Fall Back In Love with your Work and your Life. The book promotes devotion over data, aiming to reveal that business can transcend mere rationality and self-interest. The following are a condensed version of his Business Romantic action items: 1) Come out as a Business Romantic If you feel that the workplace or a brand does not accommodate your full range of spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs, it is time to come out as a Business Romantic. It is imperative that you don't just "confess". You can...
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7 Ways to Deal with Stress

7 Ways to Deal with Stress

Health and happiness go hand in hand.  A healthy body creates a healthy mind.  Everyone knows that a good diet promotes health and well-being, but the effect of stress is often underestimated.  Stress can be a killer. Let’s get some facts straight first.  Short term stress is not bad for you.  The body is designed for short term stress.  Short term stress can be enjoyable.  People choose to go on fairground rides – even though their bodies have an extreme stress reaction on the more exciting rides. Humans evolved to hunt mammoths.  It's just that we didn’t...
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5 Tips for a Healthy Gut

5 Tips for a Healthy Gut

There have been huge advances made in our knowledge about what we eat and how our bodies react to it. We now know that 85% of the serotonin-receptor sites are in the gut, rather than in the brain. With serotonin being the neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy, confident, strong and motivated, this explains why what you eat can have such a profound effect on how you feel. Here are five things you can do to promote a healthy gut: 1) Eat good quality, natural ingredients This has never been more important as we are constantly bombarded with ready-made,...
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5 TIPS FOR DIVORCED AND BLENDED FAMILIES AT CHRISTMAS

5 TIPS FOR DIVORCED AND BLENDED FAMILIES AT CHRISTMAS

Christmas is a notoriously difficult time for families who are no longer living together as a unit. Sometimes children go from one parent’s house to the other on the day; others take it in turns to spend Christmas day with their children; some celebrate on consecutive days with each parent; and there are some who get together for the day, even with new partners and children born post-the breakup. Whatever the way you decide to handle this situation, there is no doubt that it is complicated, and things can go badly wrong. In the run-up to the festive...
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