Improving with age

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Mark Twain I’m not going to lie to you, getting older is … awesome! Fewer responsibilities, more time to yourself, less social pressure, more stable relationships, a calmer outlook. Positive psychology and I have some pretty – well, positive –Continue reading “Improving with age”

Buy less and be happier for it

The wellbeing industry The word ‘wellbeing’ is bandied about pretty liberally these days, used as a catch-all for anything wanting to be viewed as good or positive. Unfortunately, the term is rarely accompanied by a definition of exactly what sort of wellbeing is on offer or what kind of benefits it might confer. Increasingly, ‘wellbeing’Continue reading “Buy less and be happier for it”

Tragic optimism: Finding hope in a hopeless situation

Not long ago, my sister went to the doctor with a sore back. She came home with stage IV lung cancer that had metastasised to her pleura and brain. Her oncologist talks a promising game of novel gene therapy and clinical trials, but the stats are less optimistic. Most people with her diagnosis don’t surviveContinue reading “Tragic optimism: Finding hope in a hopeless situation”