Viewing entries posted in November 2011
*Bah, humbug! We All Need Words on how a can't-do attitude
will help your writing.*
'Tis the season to be jolly. Good will, good cheer, good
tidings to all men, women, children and pets. Pah. All this
tinsel-wrapped positivity is tiring. We're told time...
Last year I had a meeting in Fulham, London. I parked my
car and walked through a small park to get to the street I
As I hurried along in my high heels concentrating that I
didn't slip on the falling leaves, I...
With perfect timing, TED recently released Paul Zak's talk
on Trust, morality - and oxytocin, first given at TEDGlobal
in July and now on the TED website. A neuroeconomist at
Claremont Graduate University in southern California, Zak
argues that values such as compassion, empathy, trust,
respect, love and...
When we glance across the road at the faces of strangers in
our vicinity, it is mirrored by looking out over a field or
a stand of trees and having no knowledge of the other
species living in our midst. Altruism in humans...
Compassion is like happiness. Obviously a great good. And
yet, I think it is also like happiness in another way. Its
realisation is far more tricky than perhaps first meets the
eye. A number of thoughts came to mind as I tried to...
In celebration of last Sunday's World Kindness Day artist
Michael Landy talks about his project Acts of Kindness with
its curator Cathy Haynes. Acts of Kindness is an Art on
the Underground commission calling for stories of kindness
on the Tube. Since the project began...
There is a certain respect, and a general duty of humanity,
that attaches us not only to animals, who have life and
feeling, but even to trees and plants. We owe justice to
men, and mercy and kindness to other creatures that may...
It's a truism to say that life can be difficult and involve
a great deal of stress, strain and at times, suffering. We
all recognise that work can be fraught and stressful, with
constant targets looming, difficult managers to deal with,
and frequent assessment...
After the riots in London this summer, I was happy to join
the riotcleanup movement that saw individuals rush out with
rubber gloves and broomsticks. But cleaning up broken glass
was never going to be enough. What about the psychological
I was struck by...
Trampled across, shat upon, dumped on. We let the wasteful
abuse of these poor downtrodden sods carry on day after day.
Most people are blind to it until they end up tripping up
and only then realize what peculiar and ubiquitous little
So you think compassion means being nice to people? Sure,
it's Latin root literally means 'to suffer with another',
which is pretty close to the psychological concept of
'affective empathy', where you share in or mirror someone
else's emotional state. When I feel your...