Positive perspectives and practices for personal growth.

Single Tasking: The Key To Reducing Stress & Increasing Efficiency

Living in the present is a truly wonderful thing. It's when you're living in the moment that you’re truly released from the insecurities of your past, and when the uncertainties of the future no longer preoccupy your mind. It's in the moment … [Continue reading]


There's a discord running through all our lives... a gap, or maybe a gulf, between what we have and what we want. Do you know what? The disparity between the two is - according to Eastern philosophy at least - pretty much responsible for all human … [Continue reading]

Life’s Better When You Drop the Pretence

Living under a pretence must rank as one of the most stressful things you can do. By contrast, letting go and just acting authentically must rank as one of the most liberating. Yet, despite the stress and strain of doing so, living under a veil of … [Continue reading]

Bin Perfectionism

Some people think perfectionism is a virtue... Oh...don't you know, I just can't get started until my pencils are aligned to the nearest micron, every to-do note in my inbox has been trouser pressed, and I'm as calm as a Buddhist Monk going … [Continue reading]

The 84th Problem

Life is often hectic, not to mention full of problems. So much to do, so many issues to resolve, so little time to get it all done. We're left burdened and pressured to the point of being overwhelmed. Of course, some of us cope better than others … [Continue reading]

Life is Short, Misery is Optional

Life is way too short - I am coming more and more to appreciate - to squander in any shape or form. That means either allowing negative emotions to bring you down; or alternatively, wasting your time on the trivial, or on anything you don't do with … [Continue reading]

Limiting Emotional Investment

Nothing is important. We really are insignificant. A post on Universe Today just helped me to appreciate the sheer, incomprehensible enormity of the Universe... and highlighted by contrast, just how insignificant even the most egotistical and … [Continue reading]

Chillax: 10 Rules for a Stress-Free Life

I just looked up ‘chillax’ in the Urban Dictionary, not because I’m so behind with the times that I don’t know what it means, but simply because I wanted a nice, succinct, as well as illustrative definition that goes beyond ‘a combination of … [Continue reading]

I Don’t Give a F**K About Anything, Me

I had a friend at University called 'Ed' - I can't remember his last name but I remember his philosophy on life very clearly. Ed used to say in a broad Lancashire accent, "I don't give a f**k about anything, me". I couldn't help but admire Ed's … [Continue reading]

Monkeys, Raisins and Intrinsic Motivation

I’m not keen on experiments involving animals I have to admit, but one that always tickles me involved some rhesus monkeys, a simple puzzle and some raisins. In 1949, way before the Nintendo DS and Dr Kawashima's Brain Training came on the scene, … [Continue reading]