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consistency

Consistency is the Key to Success

What is the key to success? In many areas of decision making the answer is consistency. You need a plan and you need to implement it consistently. Do you have the emotional consistency to do so?

predictions

Predict and Prosper. Hold on, not so Fast

It’s tempting to think that if you could predict the market you will make money. But you can’t, and its a fool’s pursuit to try. Many will tell you they can help. Instead, focus on what you can do.

10 Things You Should Start Doing Today

Sometimes you can get stuck. But here are some things you can do today to get going.

losing weight is hard

Why losing weight is hard – but not impossible

It’s hard to lose weight and can be even harder to keep it off. Here’s why.

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Lessons from an Old Friend

Years ago I learned some simple lessons from seeing how an old friend who had spent a lifetime working on Wall Street lived his life. They worked for him and have stood the test of time.

Life's biggest decisions

Life’s Biggest Decisions and Regret

Some of life’s biggest decisions are small, some are life changing. Which decisions matter most? And which do we often regret the most? Here’s what the research tells us.

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Do You Stop Breathing While Asleep? One Billion People Worldwide Do

If you have sleep apnoea, you may stop breathing while asleep. Chances are you don’t realise your life is at risk.

touch matters

Touch Matters a Lot. Why Might this Be?

Even when we see things we often reach to touch them. Is it because touch gives us certainty?

technology addiction

The 6 Biggest Myths of Technology Addiction

The idea that we can become addicted to technology is commonplace. It’s mostly wrong.

our possessions

Do We Possess our Possessions or Do They Possess Us?

Why do you value your possessions so much? Too much, perhaps?

body and mind

How Your Body and Mind Communicate

Do emotions like fear drive physical responses? Or is it the other way round?

adequate hydration

Adequate Hydration: Facts and Myths

Drink enough water to stay adequately hydrated. That sounds simple.

genes shape behaviour

Wired that Way: How Genes Shape Behaviour

There is a complicated relationship between your genes and who you are.

formula for success

You Want the Formula for Success? Here It Is

There is a formula for success. But will you like it?

behave rationally

Do You Behave Rationally when Investing?

It is often assumed that people make behave rationally when it comes to their money. The truth is that this is seldom the case and that our decisions are driven by many biases, particularly when it comes to money.

excuses

Some Excuses for You Not to Try Mindfulness

Some excuses for you to avoid trying mindfulness.

sugar in infant formula

There’s More Sugar in Infant Formula Than in Soft Drinks

Infant formula is widely used. But do you know what’s in it? And how much sugar is there in infant formula?

Emotional Decisions

Emotional Decisions and Outcomes

You are an emotional but rational person. The best of both worlds. Really?

look within yourself

Looking Within Yourself on the Yellow Brick Road

We’ve changed from looking to external powers to help us to looking within ourselves for strength. This is not easy.

cognitive distortions

Common Cognitive Distortions

Cognitive distortions are biases in our thinking that can impact negatively on our lives.

light pollution

The Runaway Evolution of Light Pollution

Electric light is a wonderful invention but we don’t use it wisely. Light pollution is a serious issue and not just in cities.

blaming games

Blaming Games for Moral Decline and Addiction

People often blame video games for problems in society. Don’t believe all you hear.

human footprint

Human Footprint Estimates and Earth’s Resource Depletion

The increasing impact of humans means our consumption far exceeds the Earth’s ability to regenerate.

be positive

Be Positive, Sometimes

Be positive. But don’t let it cloud your thinking.

never give up

Never Give Up. Persist, but Resist

Never give up. Never give in. Except when it’s the right thing to do.

sugary drinks tax

The Sugary Drinks Tax is Working in the UK

The UK’s sugary drinks tax is working. Now extend it to other sugary snacks.

mindful decisions

Making Mindful Decisions

There are many benefits to using a mindful approach to making decision

urban loneliness

Digital Urban Loneliness

We live close together but we’re further apart than ever.

progressive muscle relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Relax your muscles to calm your mind.

practice of meditation

What’s Meditation Got To Do With It?

Meditation is a tool to build a mindful approach to life. There’s no mystery involved.

risky decisions

Leaving it to Chance

When faced with a decision, focus on what you can control.

mindfulness

Mindfulness: What it is, What it is Not

At its simplest, mindfulness is awareness. The opposite of mindlessness.

mind through your body

To Your Mind Through Your Body

Use your body as a means to access your mind.

indoor air pollution

Indoor Air Pollution and Health

It’s not just the air outside. Indoor air pollution is a major health issue.

grief

Stoicism and Grief: How Marcus Aurelius Helped Me Survive

It’s often thought that stoicism requires you to suppress emotions. So why would it help you through a period of grief?