New Years’ Resolutions1 are an odd thing on the face of it.
That we wait 365 days to think of ways to better ourselves seems foolish; the idea that something about an arbitrarily changing date means we’re suddenly capable of achieving these new, fantastic, things – unlikely.
Well, maybe not exactly.. In the depth [...]
“We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth’s creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.” – Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail
Even when I was growing up, parents, teachers and friends all [...]
Happy World Mental Health Day! … or is it?
At any given time 1 in 6 British adults are experiencing at least one diagnosable mental health problem*. I am one of them and I am one of the lucky few. Thanks to supportive and pro-active friends and the amazing work of
“Stop doing the thing you’re addicted to!” is very clearly an oxymoron, addiction being ‘that thing you can’t stop’. However, a thinly veiled set of synonyms for this can slip under the radar and pass for friendly advice if we’re not too careful.
I am aware that certain problems – I’m using psychological ‘addiction’ as [...]
Sitting Still & Shutting Up: Meditation for Pragmatists.*
Our appetite for distraction is endless. The smallest lull in our day has us reaching for our smart phones, Twitter, Spotify, Angry Birds, another coffee, another cigarette… and if, there’s unused mental capacity to be had at any point, a sneaky fantasy about that cute guy/girl that [...]
Why the grass is always greener, the prejudiced are always right, and he really is planning on leaving you, he just hasn’t found the right time to tell you yet..
It’s a very well established phenomenon that we’re more likely to consider valid, attend to, and remember events that fulfill our expectations and prejudices than [...]