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Category: Wellbeing

Everyone Should Sing

Sing, sing, sing all you want. We each grow up patterned by circumstance: each of us learned, not at one point but, at successive subtle points that there are singers and then there are listeners. Most of us are the listeners. Yet this listener and singer arrangement is abnormal, rare with all societies ever taken… [Read more]

This Is What To Eat Each Day

The longest-lived healthful people neither diet or workout. Those who live in Nicoya Costa Rica, or Okinawa, or Loma Linda California, for example. Instead of excluding a tableau of food, they eat what their (lucky) environment affords; vegetables and beans and wholegrains are common denominators. Instead of attending gyms, Nicoyans, Okinawans and Seventh Day Adventists… [Read more]

On The Meaning Of Life

The Meaning of Life is pretty unfashionable. Mention it and it will be received as a joke or a naivete. The notion is unfashionable because religion is in decline and science has explained away most of life’s mysteries as being the result of evolutionary survival or byproducts of survival and reproduction. The Meaning of Life,… [Read more]

The Rise of Mindfulness Software

‘MINDFULNESS’ and ‘software’ are words rarely found together, yet smartphone applications designed for mindfulness proliferate. Computers and their software, fashionably shunned as the root of our distraction problem—our mindlessness—have been turned to its treatment. Satisfying an overbearing user-demand to help control and regulate our attention, applications like Headspace are making headway popularly and financially. With… [Read more]

Is This The Best Meditation For You?

‘Meditation’ is so general a word it is best defined by what it is not. Meditation now means a form of attention exercise for wellbeing. Mediation is not thinking through possibilities, judgements, opinions or even reacting to facts. The exercise is focusing on acceptance and being rather than on doing. Instead of the common belief… [Read more]

How To Change Your Life

I want to change, because I repeat loops without progressing. The same stuff comes up, and the same goals pass me by without me enacting them: “the wise woman does at once what the foolish does at last.” To simplify matters, the four human drives are work-pleasure, physical exertion, social status, and love. Almost any… [Read more]

What Makes A Good Career?

What makes people happy at work is bound to vary because everyone is different. Generalisations of what people enjoy in a workplace, though, and why they choose to do what they do are bound to have some evidence-based reliability. Intuitively, we all know that someone will like a job and find it fulfilling if we… [Read more]

How To Study Like Scientists

Would you like to learn or study better? To study like successful students, scientists and professionals do? I would: I’d save a lot of time. Education expert Dr Oakley flunked maths and science at school and become a linguist instead. After joining the United States army, she was forced into electronics classes which switched her… [Read more]

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