Seven Steps to Flourishing: Plant the Seeds to Be Happier This Spring

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Rickman

As the winter blues and grey rainy days subside and we step towards the promise of blue skies and sunshine, it's the perfect opportunity to shake off the gloom and instead bloom with positivity. How?

Tell Me What Is My Name?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

An effect of trauma can be experiences of disorientation and disconnection. Impingement on a person can be so severe that it has the potential to inhibit the development or fracture fragile identity, or there is a need for pathological compliance with the demands of another that are inimical to your own best interests.

A Mindfulness Approach to Observing Raisins

Luke Morris | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Morris

So, you've made it. A year of hard work and stress, with barely a break. But finally - that thing at work taken care of - a train, a flight and a cab ride later, you're on HOLIDAY! You stroll down to the beach and, sand under foot, your first sunset in god-knows-how-long.

Stress, Anxiety, or Pressure?

Soraya Shaw | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soraya Shaw

Many of us feel stress in our professional and personal lives to the extent that the word 'stress' has almost become a catch-all for feeling out of our comfort zone, over worked, pressured, sick or worried. But how many of us have asked ourselves if what we are experiencing is truly stress?

Forget Happiness! Why Flourishing Is the New (More Sustainable) Happy

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Rickman

Happiness. It's something everyone strives for. It (along with good health) is the ultimate goal, the holy grail of a good life.

The Role of Resilience in Achieving Food and Nutrition Security

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK
Sabrina de Souza

When countries face crises, such as droughts, floods and famines, it can leave thousands, sometimes millions of people, without access to food or liv...

Why We Should All Harness the Healing Power of Gratitude on World Gratitude Day

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Rickman

Despite having so much more opportunity, more stuff and more potential to flourish, modern society is reportedly less happy than 50 years ago. This downward spiral is partly due to a modern-day default focus on lack, coupled with increasingly higher expectations.

Why Local Economies Hold the Key to Our Economic Future

Rob Hopkins | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK
Rob Hopkins

Why is the city of Bristol printing its own money? Why have Brixton and Bath created their own energy companies? What's a local economy worth? And if we knew, how might it help us imagine an economy beyond austerity?

How Schools and Employers Can Help Women Combat the 'Lost Decades'

Helen Fraser CBE | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Fraser CBE

In education and in the early years of their careers, girls tend to do better than boys. And then what happens - why do there seem to be for so many women two 'lost decades' between thirty and fifty where they are overtaken by men?

Happiness Isn't Superficial, It's Vitally Important

Dr Anthony Seldon | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Anthony Seldon

Happiness is increasingly being talked about and taken seriously at both national and international levels. A recent, and very encouraging, example was the United Nations International Day of Happiness, which was celebrated for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

Resilience - What is It and How Can You Acquire It?

Neeta Patel | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Tech
Neeta Patel

It is not just a mental process which makes us become more resilient. It is also spiritual, physical and emotional. If one of those areas is shaky, it affects the others and it is very easy for someone to spiral out of control.

Food Security: The View From Rome

Katy Wilson | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK
Katy Wilson

Food is often in short supply. The availability of and access to food is also, and has always been, highly political.

Which Raw Materials Pose the Biggest Business Risks?

Dustin Benton | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Politics
Dustin Benton

Chatham House produced an excellent report on resource futures last month, which provides a detailed and comprehensive look at how underlying environmental stress contributes to material insecurity. Its diagnosis, that declaring that "the spectre of resource insecurity has come back with a vengeance" is stark.

The Dress Burning

Ana Tzarev | Posted 20.01.2013 | Home
Ana Tzarev

I was just thirteen years old, a girl in Communist Yugoslavia growing up under Tito. We all lived in constant fear. At this time, everything was in short supply and I was pleading with my mother for a dress, any dress. I had no new clothes, ever, in my young memory.

Worried Nigeriens Ponder: What's Next?

Terry Ally | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

In the space of 10 months, Niger has been hit by a food crisis brought on by high market prices and poor harvests, a refugee crisis triggered by conflict in neighbouring Mali, followed by a cholera outbreak and now devastating floods. It has left many in this West African state wondering when the next disaster is and what could it possibly be?

What African Farmers Could Teach Their American Counterparts About Drought

Terry Ally | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

The poster image of drought - the caked brown dirt and withered crops - could easily be mistaken for some part of Africa had the caption not read 'USA'. The relatives of a colleague are on the frontline of this drought - said to be the worst in half a century.

Taking Inspiration From Olympic Competitors: Rwanda's Adrien Nyonshuti

Noam Schimmel | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Sport
Noam Schimmel

When we think of the competitors in the Olympics it's natural that we focus on their athletic talents and efforts. After all, that's what brings them to compete in the Olympics.

It's Time to Put the Well Back Into Welfare

Julian Dobson | Posted 14.03.2012 | UK Politics
Julian Dobson

The Poor Law is the stuff of legend. It's what inspired the ire of Charles Dickens, the zeal of well-connected Victorian reformers, and the drive of politicians like Lloyd George.

What Doesn't Kill You Really Does Make You Stronger

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle

As German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger' and now there is new evidence to support his theory as...

How to Stay Calm During the Financial Crisis

Dan Roberts | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

The media seems to take great delight in scaring the hell out of us at the moment. Every time I glance at a newspaper headline it tells me the 'market...

Dissatisfied or Unhappy? Stop Trying to Live the Perfect Life

Dan Roberts | Posted 09.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

We all must face adversities in life: being human means facing illness, bereavement, heartbreak and hard times.

Nordic Resilience

Nick Pearce | Posted 25.09.2011 | UK Politics
Nick Pearce

Admiration for the Nordic countries used to be the preserve of the British Left, who looked enviously at the success of Scandinavian social democrats and the strong welfare states they had created. But in recent years, the British Right has learnt to love the Nordics too