Life Lessons

12 Life Lessons I've Learned in 2014

Jody Thompson | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Thompson

As we wave the dregs of the last 12 months down the plughole and prepare to celebrate Christmas, I've realised that a huge amount of positives have come out of the negatives that I've endured... So I thought I'd write them down and share them - if nothing else, because I can refer back and chivvy myself up if things start going wonky again in 2015.

Everything Happens For A Reason -You Decide What That Reason Is

Jojo Furnival | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

From the moment we arrive on this earth, we're looking for answers. "What does that do? ... What does this mean? Why are you doing that?" How often, though, do we get satisfactory, or even honest, answers?

The Quarter Life Crisis: Taking Life One Day at a Time

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daphne Ashley Sze

The thing is, we don't have to be who others want us to be. We don't need others to tell us what to do, because hell no, our lives are not theirs to control. We're critical individuals who know what we want, maybe not now, but we'll find a way.

The Contradictions and Daydreams of the Irish Immigrant

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

The summer myself and my sister moved to Cornwall after my graduation to live in a caravan and become fully-certified beach bums, I remember feeling both at once a lasting sense of grown-up freedom coasting alongside the fear of being set loose and thinking "So what now?".

We Shouldn't be Scared of Failing

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daphne Ashley Sze

When you're shaken, bent on your knees with hands over your face; far too many times, we almost always accept defeat right away. However, failure doesn't teach us to accept defeat, it teaches us that every time we fall down, there's nothing more important than growing up and getting back up.

How to Be Happy - A Simple Formula!

David Hurst | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Hurst

We all know that seeing a friend has this positive effect, but sometimes we repeatedly push it away in pursuit of happiness by other means. But in the pursuit of "achieving" this other happiness, we usually neglect what we know does make us happy: spending time with friends.

The Internet Answers: What's The Best Life Lesson You've Learned?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

"How old are you and what's the most recent major life lesson you've learned?" That's the question that one inquisitive soul on Reddit pitched to s...

Common Etiquette Questions Answered Including Plane Seats And Mobile Phones

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Do you apply your lipstick on your morning commute? Or perhaps you use your mobile phone when out with friends? Either way, we have it under good a...

The Magic of the 47th Chromosome

Aslihan Agaoglu | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aslihan Agaoglu

When it comes to Down's syndrome, the most common genetic disorder effecting one in every thousand babies in the UK, we usually hear the stories through the parents' perspective. To them, it is nothing short of a "near-death experience": once it happens, you have a complete different outlook on life, everything you think you know changes and you have to learn how to live and love your new circumstances but in the end, you wouldn't have it any other way...

None So Great a Lesson as the Art of the Graceful Handshake

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

Tossing you up to stomach-churning heights, it's as quick to turn around and peg you in your place just when you feel you've got it, that you're a part of it , that every lesson life has taught you up to this point has merely been a means for preparing you for the daily jostle.

The Great British Bake Off Final: 10 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Series Five

Rachel Moss | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

It's been a vintage year for The Great British Bake Off, and as an avid cake-maker myself, I've watched the contestants produce outstanding show stoppers, inventive signature bakes and mind-boggling technical challenges in awe every week. The programme never fails to help me improve my baking skills, but this year, it's also taught me 10 valuable life lessons...

How To Improvise A Dress From Duct Tape And Other Life Lessons Nobody Ever Taught You

The Huffington Post Uk | Lottie Oram | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Comedy

In life, the really important lessons we all need to learn are often passed down to us by relatives, friends and people who are just generally wiser t...

Advice for My Younger Self

Lottie O'Conor | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie O'Conor

Sometimes, I look back at my younger self and I'm amazed I made it through. Younger me made a lot of mistakes; thankfully most of them pre-Facebook, so the evidence can stay in the past where it belongs, rather than popping up as a tag in a 'hilarious' status update.

Five Life Lessons for My Children

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Recently an 11-year-old son of a friend was killed by his mentally ill father. An ex-colleague of mine was diagnosed with cancer last November and he died in January; there were Facebook statuses and then they stopped. And now I have a tumour... My darling children, how I hope that you will not have to go through life without me!

For Life, Love and Noah

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My esteemed former colleague, a well-known cardiologist said that he has not met the love of his life yet. He said that the love of his life would be a woman who had birthed babies with her bare hands, held a beating human heart and walked fearlessly on the tightrope between life and death.

Friendship... Who Really Matters, Who Never Did, Who Always Will

Caroline Keetch | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Keetch

Now, as a proper grown up - whatever that means - I can see that the flurry of youth brings with it deep uncertainty and glorious freedom in equal measure. Good friends are like rocks throughout this process and we cling to them for comfort and security, whilst benefitting from all the fun of new-found adulthood in the safety of warm and familiar company.

Five Reasons We Love the Great British Bake Off

Sarah Byrne | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Byrne

You know how it goes. A contestant starts to take their flawlessly baked cake out of the oven, or triumphantly slide their painstakingly constructed choux swans onto a serving plate. Then, in a sudden moment of clumsiness, perfection turns to a mass of crumbs on the floor.

Black Ballerina Receives Countless Rejection Letters, But That Doesn't Stop Her Dancing Her Way To The Top

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

At some stage, most of us will experience rejection - but one ballerina is showing us all that when the powers that be say you're not good enough, yo...

Thrive - This Message Is Long Overdue

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

This message is not just for those who work in the high-powered high-octane world. The message of unplugging and reconnecting to our hearts, being quiet enough to hear our inner wisdom is for everyone, whatever your lifestyle or situation.

What Did Bruce Lee Mean: 'Be Like Water'?

Maria Senise | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

"Be like water," has become extremely meaningful to me, especially lately. I've discovered the less I force things to happen, and the more accepting and calm about my life's direction I am, the easier I can flow with and live my life.

Three Life Lessons I Learned By Leaping From the Eiger

Alastair Macartney | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alastair Macartney

As a human flight specialist and wingsuit BASE jumper, leaping from the Eiger was like a dream come true. It had been an incredible journey and, after a safe and successful landing, I looked back up at the mountain I had flown from and contemplated life in a new way.

Five Friendship Tips I Learnt From Desperate Housewives

Liz Marie | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

No matter the twists and turns that your love life takes, your girlfriends will always be there to pick up the pieces and put you back together again. The housewives were insane, but they stuck together and got each other through the tough times.

What My Mother Told Me

Donna Ida Thornton | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Ida Thornton

Mother's Day is soon approaching and with International Women's Day last Saturday, suddenly everything seems to be about women, and Mums, and how much we really do learn from them. The people I look to for inspiration are all women, every single one of them.

There Is No Such Thing as a Coincidence

Jessica McGregor Johnson | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica McGregor Johnson

I am a great believer that these are no coincidences but synchronicities. Two events that come together for a purpose. They may be to give us a message or they may be that a situation happens that moves your life in a new direction.

Open Your Eyes

Amy Anka | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

You are sitting there watching tv one night. The chest pains are back. Your breathing is shallow. Your left arm is now cramped up and you're suffering the worst case of heartburn you've ever encountered. You're having a heart attack.