Category: Life

Strategies and tools to help you boost your happiness, wellbeing and performance. Self help for people ready to take action, rooted in the latest research in positive psychology, cognitive science and more.


Get comfortable with being uncomfortable

In my twenties I had a very entertaining driving instructor. A big fan – like me – of personal development, he used to transcribe tapes by some American guru between lessons, and quote them to me. I’d been reading personal...

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Endometriosis Awareness Month: Don’t suffer needlessly

[Updated Dec 5th 2017] March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, with the 3rd Annual Worldwide EndoMarch taking place in dozens of cities around the world on Saturday March 19th. Endometriosis is an extremely painful condition that’s as common as diabetes or...

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Father’s Day wisdom

Happy Father’s Day! To all the caring, committed dads, step-dads, adoptive dads, foster dads, dads-in-law, dads-to-be, dads who’ve passed away, and anyone who takes on the role of dad, however they define it – thank-you! When I told my parents...

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Carnival – good for the soul

What links the streets of Rio de Janeiro with those of Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Limerick, Sligo and Wexford? Carnival! Hip-shaking rhythms, colourful costumes, fantastical floats, heart-lifting song and dance – you don’t need blazing heat to enjoy the carnival spirit....

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6 causes of holiday stress – and their solutions

I’ve written before about how retreats – complete with breaks from the internet – can be much better for relaxation than a typical holiday. But sometimes it’s fun, sight-seeing, relaxing with friends and family, great weather, exotic food and drink...