Small Acts of Liberation

It’s not necessarily a well-flagged problem: we tend to situate the risks to our happiness elsewhere – but for a proportion of us, the greatest obstacle to our flourishing lies in…

Overcoming the Need to Be Exceptional

It’s a rather simple question that quickly gets to the core of someone’s sense of well-being and legitimacy: did your childhood leave you feeling that you were – on balance –…

The Fear of Happiness

Given how much we all long to be happy, we might presume that accepting the possibility of happiness in our lives would be an uncomplicated, serene and automatic process. But for…

The Truth May Already Be Inside Us

From a young age, we’re taught to expect that the truly important ideas must lie outside of us, usually very far outside of us in time and place. Someone else –…

What Is the Meaning of Life?

To wonder too insistently what ‘the meaning of life’ might be marks you out as being somewhat heavy, weird or just naïve. People nowadays often say – sometimes in a sad…

The Desire to Write

In no other age can so many people have harboured such intense ambitions to become writers. The longing one day to turn out a book – probably a novel or, less…