UK Well Being

Are We Slaves to Our Online Selves?

Jules Evans | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jules Evans

There is a word for what the internet and social media have done to us: alienation. It means, literally, selling yourself into slavery, from the Latin for slave alienus. The word has its roots in ancient Greek philosophy, particularly in Plato and the Stoics, who warned that if you place too much value on your reputation or image, you enslave yourself to the fickle opinion of the public.

For Better or for Worse: Does Marriage Make You Feel Happier?

Liz Cowell | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Cowell

Whilst good physical health and having a steady job top the list of the most important factors in people feeling good about themselves, domestic bliss comes right behind. The ONS research details how those who are either married or living in a civil partnership are happier than cohabitees and those who are single, divorced or widowed.

The Truth About Money and Happiness

Juliet Michaelson | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Juliet Michaelson

Well-being evidence has important implications for policy-making; we need to make sure the evidence is reported clearly so that the public and policy-makers alike understand what it shows about the most efficient ways to improve well-being.

Twenty-Three Top Tips to Building Confidence

Paul Bailey | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Bailey

After coaching people for years on how to build confidence, I noticed a few of the same tips always seemed to come up trumps ... Some will resonate with you, others will seem rather old hat and tired, but the fact of the matter is that these really do work.

Can the Law of Attraction Really Help You?

Tony Wrighton | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Wrighton

You've probably heard about The Law of Attraction. A few years ago the film The Secret came out, and the world went crazy for it. Oprah was a huge fan...

Lulu On Her Five Lessons To Be Learned From Ageing In The Spotlight

Lulu | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

Today at 64, I firmly believe that I am ageing victoriously, in large part due to the positive examples set by those who are ageing in the spotlight. These are five lessons I think we can all benefit from...

Turn That Frown Upside Down

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Did you know that today is the first International Day of Happiness? Yes, today. When the clouds over our heads are grey and the 2013 Budget is an...

The Search for Happiness: Tolstoy, Bhutan and the United Nations

Vinciane Rycroft | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vinciane Rycroft

In Tolstoy's fable of The King and the Shirt, the king's physicians gather round their ailing ruler in an attempt to find a cure for his mystery illne...

Should Universities Teach Wellbeing?

Jules Evans | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jules Evans

Shouldn't university teach us to criticise simplistic or politically convenient definitions of happiness?

Taking Time to Reflect: The Importance of 'Me-Time'

Sam Owen | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Owen

Encouraged to drink in order to manage career related stress, many of these women are said to have gone on to become career women and mothers who have exchanged their beers for wine, and from drinking heavily in public to drinking heavily behind closed doors. In other words, they have become reliant on this vice, one that can destroy careers, relationships, and mental and physical health.

How Arts and Humanities Can Influence Public Policy

Jules Evans | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jules Evans

As one civil servant told us, ministers are extremely busy and rarely get time to read a newspaper article, let alone a research paper. They want any 'action points' to be clearly expressed in a two-page document.

Dogs Can be Your Greatest Companions!

Kelly Craig | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kelly Craig

It is crucial to appreciate and recognise that it's alright to muzzle your dog! I had a view before I started dog-walking that muzzles were somewhat cruel for the dog or that a family with children couldn't take on a dog that has to wear a muzzle but quite the contrary.

Would You Let This Tiny Robot Give You A Massage?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

WARNING: Video takes a while to get to the point. To minimise pain, skip to 0:50 seconds. Have you always dreamed of daily massages, but without th...

How To Stay Healthy As You Grow Old

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle

With the baby boom generation ageing into retirement, a study has highlighted four healthy behaviours believed to increase the likelihood of staying h...

5 Surprising Secrets To Being Happy

Tom Cornwall | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cornwall

How to be happy is a question that can be answered, you just need to pursue it with the right map.

Therapeutic Approaches in Reflexology

Elena Barbiero | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Barbiero

Energetically speaking, there are two main approaches to a reflexology treatment, and it's down to the skill of the therapist to ascertain which one is best. One can choose to act according to a non-interference principle, as simple 'catalyst': this is when there isn't really an interaction between patient and therapist. The therapist 'lends' his/her energy as a medium to support healing. The mere 'presence' of the therapist is enough to help the healing process, the treatment being the medium. A second avenue is the one of active release, where the therapist actively stimulates or seeks to modify energy patterns, having identified an imbalance.

The Happiest Person in the UK

Beth Burgess | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

The happiest person in the UK is a married Indian lady, who own her own home on a remote Scottish island. But if you're not her, there really is no need to worry.

Health Care Reform in Three Words?

Tony Lobl | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Health care reform - just three simple words.

Focusing the Eyes to Calm the Mind With Yoga

Emma Brooke | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

Next time you do your yoga, or take some time for yourself, sit quietly and focus your eyes softly on one thing - maybe a candle, your finger tips, toes or the space between your eyebrows, but let the mind settle there, blinkered from all the other stuff going on around it.

Yoga Gets in to Medical Schools!

Emma Brooke | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

This week I thought I'd bring you a bit of news from the yoga world. I try to keep up to date with stuff but there's so many amazing things going on e...

The Curious Person's Guide to Mindfulness

Emma Brooke | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

Mindfulness won't change your life overnight, but make it a habit and I guarantee it will. I never guarantee things (take a look back at my posts) but this is the most simple yet powerful thing you can do for your well-being.

Can We Fix Climate Change Whilst Continuing to Grow?

Sam Maule | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Politics
Sam Maule

Thomas Malthus famously argued that the human population was doomed to collapse because, as it continued to grow, food production would not be able to keep up, preventing the population's previously inexorable rise. When Malthus was writing, at the end of the 18th century, the world's population was around 1 billion. It is now roughly 7 billion.

Understanding Children's Well-Being: The Good Childhood Report 2012

Enver Solomon | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK
Enver Solomon

The Children's Society launched its landmark Good Childhood Report 2012 today. The culmination of seven years of research involving 30,000 eight to 16-year-olds, it reveals that at any moment half a million children across the UK are unhappy with their lives.

Is The Bad Economy Really Making Us Unhappy?

Huffington Post UK | Peter Guest | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK

Throughout 2011, news media have charted the fractional rises in gross domestic product (GDP) growth with the fevered intensity of gamblers clutching ...

Want To Make Britain Happy? Appoint A Niggle Tsar

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Fletcher-Brown

When John Lennon said that life was what happened when you were busy making other plans, he was being wildly optimistic. Life, all too often, seems to be governed by the day-to-day texture of niggles, anxieties and minor worries.