The having it all wars are on again. Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook's COO, is advising women to “lean in”: to
believe in themselves and be more pro-active if they want to
combine career success with a vibrant family life. Others,
such as Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter,...
What would you do if money was no object? How would you
really enjoy spending your life? Watch this inspiring
short film narrated by the British philosopher Alan Watts on
the topic of defining your life by what you enjoy doing.
“I just had an idea that over the course of the past few
years has struck a cord, a creative design solution to an
environmental challenge. Each time someone wears A From
Somewhere piece, or each student that discovers upcycling,
and each person that...
Is being a specialist the best way to use our talents? The
world certainly needs heart surgeons, and we can gain
personal satisfaction and social status from exercising our
expertise. Yet the cost of being a specialist or a high
achiever, is that we...
Money, money, money. All I think about these days is money.
And nights too; I quite frequently wake up in a cold sweat
as I worry about how I am going to pay my bills. How I will
pay for anything in fact...
A.C. Grayling's *The Good Book: A Humanist Bible *is a
compilation of Western and Eastern insight from thought and
literature that's derived from over a thousand texts. It
collects our best musings about what it means to be human
from hundreds of authors who...
Charm works wonders; which is why persuasion is often
sweetened with entertainment. Examples of this can readily
be found in theatre, literature, cinema, song, comedy,
political broadcasting, and, of course, advertising. The
film Happy belongs in this broad tradition, but its cast of
Rob is sipping prosecco and munching crostini in Tuscany.
Molly ran 10km in a new record time.
Rob has booked a boutique hotel in Baja California.
Molly bought some shoes half price in Selfridges.
Rob loves his job.
There's a poster up in tube stations at the moment which
shows a pair of legs poking out of a tent in a field. The
way I get rich, goes the strapline, is by adding DOING
NOTHING to my to-do list. It's an...
Our lives are busy and stressful and we have developed all
manner of coping techniques: time management, yoga, annual
holidays, productivity techniques. These all undoubtedly
have merit, but instead of trying to boost efficiency or
enjoy temporary retreat from the nightmare, why don't we
Status is an appetite like food or sex. We've inherited
brains that care about status despite our best intentions.
Our mammalian ancestors had to rise in the ranks of their
herd or pack or troop to pass on their DNA. The brain that