Lonely? Sad? Want to live longer? Get a group.

There’s loads of talk lately about the importance of ‘social connectedness’ to human health, and how relationships can be a pathway to wellbeing. But what does it mean to be ‘socially connected’ and how can we get more of it in our lives? Well the late news is, it ain’t about the number of followersContinue reading “Lonely? Sad? Want to live longer? Get a group.”

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”