Resilience

Anti-Bullying Month: Learning Resilience

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

November is anti-bullying month: with a rise in press campaigns and awareness around bullying, what is available to parents to support their bullied children, or to prevent their children becoming bullied?

Resilience - New Education Fad

Frank Furedi | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Frank Furedi

Education has always been blighted by fads and interventions devised in the fields of business administration, scientific management, psychology and social policy. Resilience is the latest such import.

What the Great British Bake Off Helped Me Teach My Daughter About Failure

Angela Smith | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Smith

I will share with you three mistakes I made that taught my daughter to fear failing and, how the Great British Bake Off helped me rectify those mistakes and build her resilience around failure.

The Inside Track: How to Turn a Struggling Sport Around

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

At the Olympics, Great Britain only managed to win three medals, one Silver and two Bronze, falling short of the medal target of five to seven. However, at the Commonwealth Games the Home Nations have managed to rack up a staggering 45 medals, with 15 of them being Gold.

Three Things Your Children Can Teach You About Resilience

Angela Smith | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Smith

I have a bugbear, and that is the way resilience is described as simply bouncing back. Here is the thing. We all bounce back from the rubbish life throws at us one way or another. That in itself is not resilience. Resilience is the way we adapt and respond to the rubbish life throws at us. This will either strengthen or weaken your resilience over the years.

Why Europe's Universities Need 'Stress Testing' Even More Than the Banking Sector

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

State funding is being cut, European universities are dropping down the international rankings and less research is being produced... Many European campuses are in very poor functional and physical condition... the time to act is now.

An American Entrepreneur in London

Adele Barlow | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

When I stereotype the American startup founders I've met in London, I notice the gene that they seem to share with Penny - that American go-getter "shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" mindset. (Somewhere, my British friends are rolling their eyes at that cheesy quote.) Americans don't seem scared of their own idealism, whereas in British culture, I find brazen optimism often equated with stupidity.

Reflections on Curiosity: Did it Kill, Not Kill, or Simultaneously Kill and Not Kill the Cat?

Nigel Rayment | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Nigel Rayment

What a curious thing curiosity is. When we recently moved to our new home in rural Herefordshire we were accompanied by our cat Cokie. After three days he was nowhere to be found. We assumed, sadly, that he had set off on a futile effort to retrace his steps to his native London.

Ever Feel Like an Outsider? You Are Not Alone

Devi Clark | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Devi Clark

Humans are social animals. We thrive when we feel understood and accepted. Our mental and physical health levels sink when we are lonely or fear rejection. So if we feel threatened by rejection, we do our best to avoid it.

Want to Become More Mindful? Try Moments of Collective Self Reflection

George Pór | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
George Pór

Why are such moments essential to better organisational results? Because building on solo mindfulness, intersubjective practices are enhancing the capacity for: mindful collaboration (that is more effective, efficient, enjoyable); boosting collective intelligence and wisdom; heightening situational awareness...

Boxing Clever for Resilience

Nigel Rayment | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Rayment

In general I'm about as fond of boxing as I am of packing and unpacking boxes. But if you were seeking an example of what resilience might look like in action, you could do worse than watch Muhammed Ali at his peak. Ali, of course, famously spoke of his capacity to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," and there's no denying his ability to meld grace with power.

Loss and Grief Meet Gratitude, Inner Strength and Resilience

Sandi Wassmer | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Wassmer

In the course of everyday life it's easy for me to sit back on my meditation cushion and assert that my heart and mind are equanimous, that I possess inner peace, strength and resilience and that I'm able to handle whatever life throws at me with an open heart.

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

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 03.06.2014 | 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 04.06.2014 | 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.