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John Lidwell-Durnin on Sleep

Sleep, as a human endeavor and aesthetic pursuit, is in a terrible state of decay. The great sleepers of our age go uncelebrated, and are even despised for the appearance of effortlessness that pervades their work. It is time that we addressed our culture...
Posted by John Lidwell-Durnin
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Jules Evans on The Big Picture Effect

For the ancient Greeks, philosophy was close to what we'd think of today as self-help. Philosophy, it was claimed, made you wiser, better and happier, by teaching you various 'skillful means' to cope with difficult emotions or situations. It was like a form of...
Posted by Jules Evans
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Mark Vernon on Travel

Travel does different things to different people. So what does it do to you? The Bulgarian philosopher of fantasy, Tzvetan Todorov, drew up a list of voyaging types. Here are some of them. What type are you? He begins with the 'assimilator'. This is...
Posted by Mark Vernon
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We All Need Words on Slow Words

*We're jumping on the slow bandwagon....* We're jumping on a bandwagon. First there was slow food, then slow travel and now we've 'invented' slow words. Good, honest, simple words that don't hide in fancy phrases and many-a-syllable. Slow words work just as well if...
Posted by We All Need Words
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Technology Will Save Us on Tinkering and Hands-On Making

 The craftsman is proud of what he has made, and cherishes it, while the consumer discards things that are perfectly serviceable in his restless pursuit of the new - Richard Sennett, The Culture of the new Capitalism We believe that human beings have a...
Posted by Technology Will Save Us
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James Wong on Free Time

In South Korea electric fans come with 'life-saving' timers that ensure they shut off after a preset number of minutes to protect users against the syndrome of 'fan death' the idea that sleeping in a closed room with a running fan can result in asphyxiation....
Posted by James Wong
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John Lidwell-Durnin on Richard Layard's Sermon

A good sermon is like a shard of magnetized iron set in our moral compass. But upon hearing that Richard Layard, leading economist and founder of The Happiness Movement, delivered a rousing sermon to the revolutionary congregation of The School of Life this past...
Posted by John Lidwell-Durnin
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Robert Rowland Smith on Reinventing Yourself

Heddon Street off Regent Street: I've got a friend who works there and we've eaten in the French bistro on the corner many times. But only this week did I discover it was the setting for the cover of one of the most...
Posted by Robert Rowland Smith
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Robert Rowland Smith In Defence of Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud might be the last person you'd want to get stuck with at a drinks party, but he certainly had some interesting things to say about what it means to be human. We're hosting our next Conversation Drinks at Freud's home in Hampstead on...
Posted by Robert Rowland Smith
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Richard Layard on Happiness

 Our living standards are unprecedented but our happiness is no higher than fifty years ago. That is the bad news, which reliable surveys reveal. The good news is that happiness depends mainly on the quality of our human relationships and our philosophy of life...
Posted by Richard Layard
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Mark Vernon on The Self-Help Summit

 Self-help. Can it make you happy, develop your power, save your life? Or are it's advocates peddlers of snake oil? Or again: given the genre is hugely diverse, is it possible to separate the dross from the gold? These questions and more were tackled...
Posted by Mark Vernon

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