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To Accept Defeat Doesn't Mean Failure

Cerys Aedy | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cerys Aedy

We all have our own way of doing things, our own internal rule book, if you like, and we don't take too kindly to other people or situations messing that up. Holding on to a set vision in the face of challenging circumstances is, in most cases, a sure path to disappointment, anger, resentment and a variety other negative emotions.

A Letter To My Thirteen Year Old Self

Emily Beatrice Morris | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Beatrice Morris

Dear Me... You have no idea how different your life will be in ten years time. Your life has not even begun yet. Everything you are worrying about now will be insignificant one day.

What the Brexit Vote Tells Us About Humankind

Susanna Halonen | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Susanna Halonen

Nearly a week ago Britain made the historic vote to leave the EU. To this day, nearly half of the country (48.1% of the voters to be exact) continues to be devastated with the shocking results. That includes me.

Post-Brexit: What Kind of Change?

Mark Brewer | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Brewer

Having taken some days to reflect on the consequences of waking up in a post-Brexit nation last Friday, one thing has been absolutely clear from the outset: this country needs a change. One other thing has been perhaps clearer still: the most necessary change isn't any of the available outcomes of the referendum, but in the way we conduct our political conversation.

What is Transformation?

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

Transformation is not about what happens to us but what make of it. Inevitably, we have to decide what we want our lives to be about apart from everything we have known. We need to consider that we have the right to create something with our own hands and our own thoughts. We might have to leave everything, we might need to invent our lives but in any event the first step is to lay claim to ourselves.

Stick Figures - The Danger of Playing the Numbers Game With Trees

Matt Daw | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Matt Daw

What's the difference between a tree and a tree? Potentially a lot. Let me illustrate. Meet Greta*. Greta is a Beech tree nestled in a patch of woodl...

Next to Godliness?

Julian Vigo | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Vigo

Contrary to popular belief, it is said that pigs are the cleanest animals on earth, a notion which makes me question where  the expression "filthy pi...

Anything More Than Nothing Is Something

Trevor Silvester | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Silvester

You can't negotiate with success. You either do what it requires, or it goes to someone else. Usually that's the person who doesn't care that they're tired, who starts earlier or works later, who turns off the TV, who sacrifices 'me time', who finds a way around every obstacle.

Looking at Your Values

Maggie Currie | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

There are many reasons why values change, sometimes they just don't seem to fit right. There are some values that never change, and that is just the way it is.

WOW Festival - Inspiring Goals

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

I've spent the day surrounded by inspirational women. From The Lips choir who spent their week joining protests again female asylum seekers detained in Yarl's Wood to hula hooping and football workshops.

Using Social Media to Communicate Sustainability

Gregory Borne | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Tech
Gregory Borne

How we communicate sustainability and sustainability related issues are crucial. Getting it right can mean having real positive impact and driving ch...

Why Mindset Matters: How to Use Your Growth Mindset to Reset Your Thoughts

Janice B Gordon | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Janice B Gordon

Last year was a difficult year for me; I know we all have them, so I hope to help you get through yours. You see all things pass, not necessarily for better or worse, life is a moving journey and either the scenery changes or you change or both. You may have adopted a fixed mindset and feel stuck, but your life is not fixed.

Resilience - Tears of Frustration

Dominic Irvine | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Dominic Irvine

It was New Year's Eve, 1985. I was 17 years old and on my own in the Lake District High Fells. The weather had closed in and the snow was falling heav...

The Psychology of Sticking to a Change

Lucy Maddox | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

Even when we've weighed up all the pros and cons and decided to do something differently, it can take us a long time to actually alter our behaviour and stick to it.

Adaptable Toddlers Remind Us Adults on How to Improve Ourselves

Andrew Robinson | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

When observing my daughter from a distance I learn so much about our species in its raw, untouched state. I admire our ability as toddlers to act, react and adapt to specific situations when they are thrust upon us without our say so.

Change Is Hard!

Kate Elliott | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Taking scary challenges in a step-by-step way can be really helpful. I'm a big fan of lists and sticker charts and I find it really helpful to look at a problem and break it down in a way that is gradually achievable but doesn't cause me too much stress along the way. I know if I become too overwhelmed, I'm likely to either give up or keep putting off the next steps until tomorrow.

The Psychology of Making a Change

Lucy Maddox | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

One month into 2016 and this is the time when New Year's Resolutions might be wobbling. How can we motivate ourselves to make a change? And then to keep making it? It's easy to make resolutions based on an abstract idea of something we'd like to do or be, but harder to remember this in the day to day reality of making a change.

How to Learn to Win Again

Danny Bowman | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

Sometimes in life we have moments of hardship and times where you start to lose hope. Below is my five step plan to win again...

What David Bowie Taught Me

Lydia Suffield | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

David Bowie will be remembered for many things by many people. But for me, I'll always remember him as the person who taught me that there didn't have to be one face I chose.

January: The Month of Change and Self-Improvement

Jared Joffe | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jared Joffe

The beginning of the calendar year is a time of self analysis. When the fireworks stop and the hangovers fade away, many people reflect on the year that has passed and assess where they are in life.

Making and (Really) Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Suzanne de Janasz | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne de Janasz

Most of us want to improve something about ourselves, and knocking on the door of 2016, what better time to promise yourself that this new year's resolution will be different? And yet, most of us have been there. Have you ever noticed that the gym is noticeably more crowded in January, and by February, attendance dwindles?

New Year Old Me

Yvette Lamb | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Yvette Lamb

I am tired of the assumption that we will all be better for changing, and fed up of listening to the income-generating voices who, despite not knowing us, insist on pressing the point that we need to do better and try harder at this life malarkey.

The Art of Moving On

Aaron Vallely | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Vallely

One can change their city. One can change their friends. One can change their job. One can change their hairstyle. What one cannot do, is change their experience.

Life After Paris, Syria, Turkey and After So Many Other Innocent Lives Lost...

Sacha Knop | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Sacha Knop

Fear: it spreads invisibly and silently. Being at a concert recently, it became really clear how Paris has affected us all, even when we think it hasn't. The first thing we noticed was that it took incredibly long to get into the venue. Why? The security check was understandably tight.

Saving the Environment Is a Big Task, but Student Campaigns are a Good Place to Start

Louis Sherman | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

Student campaigning is becoming ever more vital and it should give us all a little bit of hope. It appears to be happening nationwide with a variety of universities, so we can hope this current success extends into the future and the environmental issues we face now may begin to get tackled.