From The Worst In Human Nature To The Best: The Positive After-Effects Of Tragedy

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Steve Taylor PhD

We've been through a lot of trauma in the UK lately. In the midst of negativity, it's important to remember the positive things that can emerge from t...

If Altruism Is In Our Nature, Why Are We All So Selfish?

Chloe Schendel-Wilson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Schendel-Wilson

We have gone against billions of years of evolution to normalise an attitude of individualism, of narcissism, and of greed, and all of the evidence suggests that it is not good for us. So why do we do it exactly? If altruism is in our nature, why are we all so selfish?

A Step Back

Max Sanderson | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Max Sanderson

The individual and the 'clan' is all we humans have - take the latter away and you can't be surprised when people act according to their own rules. Now is a time to pull together. Now is a time to listen. And now is a time to try and mediate our differences. Because if we don't - the evolutionary ties that bind us all will fall away, leaving behind only segregation, hatred, and violence.

Hero of Harlem Beats Ayn Rand With Altruism

Jeremy Howick | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Howick

Evolutionary theory would be compatible with altruism if we could expect the same in return. One monkey picks the parasites from the back of his monkey friend, then his monkey friend returns the favor. But it is hard to see how the 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours' gene could ever gain dominance in the first place.

Always Be Kind, Any Other Way Will Come Back to Bite You... As Sir Philip Green Is Finding Out!

Jan Shure | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Jan Shure

Sir Philip Green has been described as a bully and his actions vis-a-vis BHS have been labelled by a Conservative MP as "the unacceptable face of capi...

Why Everyone Should Know About the Lunchbox Fund

Lydia Suffield | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

View image | Photo property of Getty Images Before I went to school, my mother always made sure I'd finished my breakfast. Wheneve...

ISIS Fanatics Are Whining ... About The Lack of Starbucks Coffee in Mosul

Colin Cortbus | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Colin Cortbus

An Iraq/Syria-based adherent of the self-proclaimed "Islamic State In Iraq and Al-Sham" terrorist group has been caught out online complaining about 'missing Starbucks' coffee. While seemingly trivial, the complaint actually offers a remarkable and rare insight into the entitled, privileged, westernised and deeply selfish mindset of ISIS's followers.

I Hate What Katie Did So Here's a Quid...

Jill Finch | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK
Jill Finch

I'm a parent of a daughter on the autistic spectrum and I've been through the agonies of being stared at, feeling completely alone, being called a bad parent and the terrible guilty relief of a diagnosis...

Three Ways to Happiness: Doing, Thinking and Being

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor PhD

There are many ways of understanding human well-being, but perhaps the most simple and useful is to think in terms three different approaches. In other words, if you want to find happiness, there are three different routes you can take.

Homeless People Share One Thing In Their Past That Challenges Our Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While there have been plenty of stories in the last year to challenge stereotypes about homelessness, the installation of anti-homelessness spike by S...

Under Attack From a Beige Establishment: Why the Green Party Are Now a Major Political Force

Karl Davis | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.

Beauty Salon Helps Acid Attack Survivors Start A New Life

Barcroft Media | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us associate beauty parlours with the quest for perfection. But Pakistani entrepreneur Mussarat Misbah is using her salons to help rehabil...

Poorna Bell

How Can Being Kinder To People Help With Loneliness? | Poorna Bell | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Kindness is one of the top traits we look for when we get into a relationship, but it doesn’t just have to be about when we’re loved up. It i...

Why This Couple Are Undertaking 50 Acts Of Random Kindness

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When someone shows you a little unexpected kindness - whether that be offering to help you with heavy bags or holding open a door - it puts a smile on...

Women Altrupreneurs Set to Change Face of Business

Dr Sam Collins | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Dr Sam Collins

Powerful forces are currently encircling women in the workplace, but rather than pulling them in the direction of the boardroom, the signs are they're actually pushing them towards the exits.

Why Loving Yourself Is as Important as Loving Others

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Rickman

o be effective in your kindness, must you always put others' needs and feelings in front of your own? As parents and/or siblings and/or carers, we may often and should often do that. Yet isn't it important to take a more balanced approach?

The Random Acts of Kindness That Are Sweeping the World

Zion Lights | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

Sometimes we need a bit of perspective and inspiration to shake off the winter blues, and there's certainly enough goodwill around to achieve it. I suspect that this goodwill extends far beyond the Christmas season every year, but that without high shopping sales and sentimental TV adverts to remind us of a wonderful human trait, many small acts of kindness go unnoticed.

What's the Point of a Rich Society Without Generous Ideas?

Robin Ince | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Robin Ince

The preposterously rich, whether wealth is gained through bailouts, off shore accountancy, or selling what isn't really theirs to sell, are deserving, they've worked hard to ensure scams and thievery is governmentally sanctioned for the few.

Quit Scaremongering Over My NHS

Graeme Keeton | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

We're all aware of the challenges faced by the NHS and its staff, and how savings have made life difficult for a lot of people working in Trusts across the UK, but what doesn't really help patients and their families - which is what the NHS is there to do - is flaming, berating, scaremongering and being straight-up inappropriate on places like Twitter.

Altruism Online: Five Uplifting Stories From Reddit

James Coe | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Tech
James Coe

I want to share five stories of when people have used the social media website Reddit to unconditionally help another. The lesson is simple - if we all do whatever little things we can to help one another today, in the future we'll all receive payment in kindness; money isn't always necessary.

Choose The Right Yoga For Your Temperament

Bhanu Bhatnagar | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bhanu Bhatnagar

Say the word "yoga" and most people will think of people assuming strange shapes with their bodies to stretch and contort their muscles.

Does Evolutionary Science Understand Friendship?

Mark Vernon | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Vernon

Friendship is one of the phenomena that evolution psychology has long had in its sights. Charles Darwin himself pondered the adaptive advantage of sympathy in The Descent of Man, though it worried him it must come from a 'low motive', namely survival.

Fairtrade Cambridge: Coffee, Rugs and Ethical Wedding Rings

Graeme Keeton | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

When you think of Holland, you probably think, too, of windmills, clog dancing and cheese. The tourism board knows it, for sure, but one association that you have probably never made, is that of the Dutch and the Fairtrade movement.

12 Spiritual Steps to a Healthier Christmas

Tony Lobl | Posted 04.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

I am one of those children for whom Advent calendars meant just one thing: chocolate - a daily dose ahead of a Christmas Day overdose. I can't rememb...