Ruby Wax

Me at TEDTalks, or a Journey Into Brain Candy

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I just got back from TEDTalks, which were held in Rio this year. It's like going to Glastonbury but the acts are geniuses who've invented things I've never dreamt possible. It's extraordinary - and the sense of "I'm not worthy" bubbles below my surface as I'm surrounded by all this brain candy.

On Happiness

Ruby Wax | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

We spend our lives hunting for something that has a very limited life span, sometimes lasting only seconds (see sex). Whatever that rush of fireworks in the blood is; winning the lottery, making a billion, getting on the volleyball team, there will be a fall. We've known this forever (see Greek tragedy) and yet we never learn.

On Stigma

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

It's the only illness where you get - absolutely free with the package - a real sense of shame. I've heard people say, "I know people with real diseases, show me lumps show me X-Rays", and of course you can't so you begin to feel bombarded with self-disgust thinking," I'm not being carpet-bombed, I'm not living in a Township, how dare I, who has everything, be depressed?"

Being Human or Not

Ruby Wax | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

To be human is not in fashion these days. Successful people like to think of themselves as an extension of their digital hardware, that they are the software like the Wizard of Oz was behind the curtain, playing God... which is sadly the predicament we're in today.

On Robin Williams

Ruby Wax | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back, it's not funny being funny; it's a killer.

Fancy Winning One of Benedict Cumberbatch's Suits? You Could Be in Luck...

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

All these items are being auctioned off to raise funds for Anno's Africa, a UK based charity whose focus is on providing creative arts education to orphans and vulnerable children in some of the biggest city slums in Africa.

Brian Cox and Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I'm placed next to Brain Cox and something inside me wilts because I know I am sitting next to a superior being and he will soon find out I'm a two-celled worm... This is my trigger, if I'm near someone that smart, I tailspin into the interior pre-recorded CD made in childhood that goes something like this, "You're a total idiot and people will find out that you're an idiot."

Under Siege

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I feel under siege, everything feels like an emergency from the fear we're on the cusp of a World War to the fact I missed my dentist appointment and he's going to charge me for it. Why am I so strung out? I'm sure in the past I wasn't this panicked...

Alone Amongst Many

Ruby Wax | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had a dinner party last week where I invited a few famous people I knew from when I did my interview shows. Many of them suffer from something I call 'movie star disease.' They live in their own time zone so when invited to dinner at seven they either come in at eleven with no apology or not at all.

Noticing Is Half The Battle

Ruby Wax | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Every morning I drag myself from sleep (it's so hard especially when I've been starring in my own dream and I've been a hit) to sitting up on my pillow to do 20 minutes of mindfulness. Every morning I think why am I doing this because when I look in at my thoughts it's never a pretty sight?

Learning to Manage Our Ancient Whispers

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

In the beginning things were fine, we lived in tribes with family members. We all shared the same genes so we trusted and protected each other. The bad news about this is the bit about all being related which caused infinite mutations; some of our cousins had more fingers than needed, others had their feet growing backwards.

A Day In The Life In My Head

Ruby Wax | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Most mornings I try to drag myself into a sitting position to practice mindfulness. I do this because if I delay and say to myself, "Later," I'll never do it. My body craves to stay prone, probably forever. But sitting up and following my breath, I can check my internal weather conditions and if I don't check in, they'll unconsciously influence everything I do in the day.

Mindfulness in Parliament (Go Figure)

Ruby Wax | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

This is one of the main points of mindfulness - that it isn't just about regulating your own thoughts and feelings but to use that clarity to communicate to the next person; it has a ripple effect. I call it neural wi-fi.

On Using Mindfulness as Party Survival Skills

Ruby Wax | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

At this party - with so many people in one room - my mind scattered so I fell straight into my old habits from way back in childhood; getting people laugh to get their approval. Why I need to do this I don't know. It could be because as a child I always thought the more people I could get to like me, the more protected I was from my parents' abuse.

Forgiveness Without Tears

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I woke up this morning with that agony that fills your body when you're deep in the depths of despair. There are people who think emotional pain isn't as bad as physical pain but here's the rub, there's empirical evidence that physical pain and emotional pain are registered in the exact same region of the brain.

Adventures on the Road

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

It seems wherever I perform people want to know about how this mysterious thing on top of their necks works; after all, it's who they are. I think people are becoming more curious as to why they do what they do and why they live the way they live.

Shopping Is Our Search For Love

Ruby Wax | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

When we get something we want badly, the wanting diminishes, which is great news until the next want comes along. This puts us into a constant state of want, need, lust, greed and most of the seven deadly sins... The other problem is because we never really feel like we get what we want because there's always someone who has more, we live in a constant state of wanting. This need for success is embedded in our culture. If we don't reach these self- imposed goals, we may experience a sense of worthlessness. In my opinion this is why so many people over-shop.

On Depression - A Suggestion

Ruby Wax | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

What helps if you have depression is realising that you are not alone, that this 'illness' actually exists like any other physical illness; you are not making it up and you are not some self-indulgent, self-obsessed narcissist who's looking for pity or an excuse not show up at work or school.

The Greatest News on Earth

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

Scientific evidence has shown that neurons (brain cells) can rewire and change patterns throughout your lifetime as a result of your experiences and how you think about them. So your thoughts affect the physiology of your brain and the physiology affects your thoughts.

Being Busy: The Pros and Cons

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

I'm touring my show "Sane New World" at the moment, zig-zagging the country and it's fantastic that people are now speaking out, especially men - abou...

Today's Top Blog Post Picks - Wednesday 26 March

Jody Thompson | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK
Jody Thompson

Today, we're leading with Aaron Eccles, head of social media of Cancer Research and how they turned around a meme that wasn't even theirs and have raised £8m so far off the back of it. We've then got comedy legend Ruby Wax with a fantastic post on how to use mindfulness as an internal weathervane to predict depression...

Mindfulness Is an Internal Weathervane

Ruby Wax | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

Mindfulness isn't for everyone, we all are as different as fingerprints and have to find our own way of breaking bad habits that can seriously damage our health. For me having a means of tuning into my mind, checking the weather conditions and spotting if a storm is coming has saved my life.

How Do We Find Quiet in a Busy Digital World?

Ruby Wax | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

In my new show, Sane New World which is for everyone, not just the mentally ill but all of us, I'm getting a lot of questions on how to deal with the digital viagra we're all addicted to (I'm even answering spam these days) - especially, how do we help our kids manage this? How do we deal with all this in-coming bombardment of everything from fashion tips to terrorists?

15 Festive Funnies From Female Comedians

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Father Christmas, Rudolph, the baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men… Christmas, as with so many historical traditions, is just a little bit male skewed fo...

Modern Success: How It Can Screw Us Up and Squash True Happiness

Susie Pearl | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Susie Pearl

What is real success, why is happiness more elusive than ever for so many, and why are happiness and success so difficult to get together? Stress is becoming the number one health killer in our modern world. What do we need to do to make some positive changes so we can get successful and be happy? How can we manage the stress we're all under?