Is It Just My Boy Or Do All Six Year Old Children Develop An Insatiable Appetite For More?

Dean Nicholls | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Dean Nicholls

More of most things without restraint, another five minutes wrestling, some more time playing with Lego, the chocolate bar at the checkout, a toy moments after Christmas and birthdays pass. At the moment though, the big thing is, MORE BREAKFAST!

The Je Ne Sais Quoi Of The Christmas Jumper

Xavier White | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Style
Xavier White

Acknowledging the design of the Christmas jumper creates a shared experience of festive consumerism, allowing the jumper to supersede the material and enter the intangible and quasi-sanctified realm of celebration. This new hyperreality is a joyous state that plain knitwear is simply incapable of rendering.

Owning Less To Live More

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

How much do we need? Truly need? Society tells us we need incredibly more than we do and they have to, it creates the economy that we live in. However, study after study and story after story proves we benefit from owning so much less.

Beyond Sacking Santa - How to Foster Gratitude at Christmas

Dannielle Miller | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dannielle Miller

As a parent of children who are fortunate to live in comfortable circumstances, I don't want to have to cancel Christmas or deprive them of the things they want. I don't want to make them feel guilty for having a better life than the many less fortunate children in the world. At the same time, I do want them to know that not everyone in the world enjoys the same level of comfort and security as they do.

The Madness of Materialism - A Very Black Friday Indeed

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK
Steve Taylor PhD

In my view, acquisitiveness is best understood in psychological terms. Our mad materialism is partly a reaction to inner discontent. As human beings' it's normal for us to experience an underlying 'psychological discord', caused by the incessant chattering of our minds, which creates a disturbance inside us, and often triggers negative thoughts.

The Most Important Thing You Can Create Is Your Own Life

Ian Spero | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

To me the most important thing you create is arguably your own life. When we talk about a creation we mean something which is unique, something which is purposeful and meaningful; something which is large and substantial.

Memories of Us Not Enough? What Legacy Can the Single or Childless Leave?

Paula Coston | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, the eldest of four siblings, but have no partner and no children. A sense of inadequacy grows: what can I leave my nephews and nieces, and their children? I don't mean memories; I mean, what that is tangible and lasting, that I can equitably share among them? It's like feeling a phantom limb, a shadowy disconnect with future generations that I so ache to put right.

Soulwash - Is Western Spirituality Just Camouflaged materialism?

Daniel Crockett | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Crockett

I, like many other agnostic young people living in the spiritual void of modern Britain, flirt with the idea of spirituality. As a spiritual dilettante, I reluctantly stretch through the odd yoga class or attempt to silence the endless flow of internal chatter using occasional meditation.

If Trees Could Give Off Wi-Fi Signals

Mudabbir Khalid | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Mudabbir Khalid

We are connected to this world in more ways than imaginable, in the ground and in the air; everything is made up of the basic building blocks of life, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Trees are one of these givers of life, and how humans and trees correspond to give each other life is one of the most fundamental, yet essential aspects of ecology that much of the world lets slip from their minds...

My Shopping Obsession

Harriet Williamson | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

I browse for clothes online every day and go into town to look for new items twice a week. I have at least sixty dresses. I'm also a student. If there's a rehab for clothes addicts, I'm definitely checking in.

The Dogma of Advertising and Consumerism

Ziad Abu-Saud | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ziad Abu-Saud

A common psychological principle used by advertisers is that repetition constitutes mental conditioning. Studies show that the more something is repeated to you, the more you will believe it.

Five Steps to a Wealthier Life

His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK
His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje

We all want to lead healthy and prosperous lives. The news headlines in the UK and around the world, however, are firmly focused on the activities of banks and bankers and the weakness of our global economy. How do we lead wealthier lives, in ways that don't just involve accumulating money? 

Shallow Society Is Alienating Children, Warns Head

PA | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children risk becoming "alienated" in a society that values material success and achievement above all else, a leading headteacher is warning. Youn...

Listening to Children Makes Everyone Happier

Leigh-Anne Stradeski | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Leigh-Anne Stradeski

As part of Children in Need we are urging all families and communities to dedicate more time to listening and responding to what children naturally want and spend time playing together. This doesn't mean adults watching children play - we want everyone to experience the joy and personal fulfilment that comes from time spent playing and learning together.

Give the Saudis a Break

Ziad Abu-Saud | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
Ziad Abu-Saud

Saudi Arabia gets a lot of stick from Muslims in general. Whether religious, social, or economic, one is never hard pressed to find criticisms from believers facing the Meccan direction. And although many criticisms have justified grounds, on the following issue, I would like to stand in Saudi's defence.

Unicef Report on Child Well-Being and Inequality: Parents Need to Spend More Time not Money on Their Children

Leigh-Anne Stradeski | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK Politics
Leigh-Anne Stradeski

We believe that once families start spending more time playing together, and realise how much value it brings to the quality of their family life, the perceived need for the latest X-Box or pair of designer trainers will diminish.

Children Want Time not Toys

Dr. Agnes Nairn | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK
Dr. Agnes Nairn

UNICEF's Report Card 7 put the UK at the bottom of the child well-being table. Sweden and Spain were in the top five.

Just Say No

Sarah Ebner | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Ebner

Becoming a parent requires you to realise that you are not the only person who matters in the world. You need to think what's best for them, not you. It's not usually the latest gadget, but it might be giving up your time and attention. Surely that's not rocket science.

Rioters Protest in the Language of Materialism

Matthew Wright | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Politics
Matthew Wright

August is supposed to be a dead month, news-wise: 'silly season', the political commentators call it. But with the violence of a teenager throwing a wheelie bin through the window of JJB Sports, that rule has been destroyed.

These Empty 21st Century Riots

Kate Horstead | Posted 11.10.2011 | UK Politics
Kate Horstead

A feeling of tension and apprehension hangs unspoken in the air around me as I walk down Brixton Road.

Islam At the Cross Roads: 'Submitting One's Intellect'

Asad Khan | Posted 11.09.2011 | UK
Asad Khan

Much is going on in the world right now that it is almost impossible to make sense and meaning of reality. Are we to trust our own judgements of event...