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Key Lessons on Life That We Can Learn From the ‘Mermaids’ of Japan

Ultimately, as human beings, we’re all pursuing the same thing; happiness. As Anne Frank once said: “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” Most of us lead relatively conventional lives. Sure, we’re each unique, original, and have our own background — but if you …

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What the Swedish Concept of Lagom Can Teach Us About Ambition

“If you don’t like climbing mountains, I promise the peak has nothing more to offer you” — Taylor Foreman I’ve never really understood why people who don’t typically enjoy running sign up for marathons. It’s an impressive achievement, I’m not denying that. But to me, it only seems like a worthy achievement if you actually like to run; because …

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Three Lessons We Can All Learn From a British Barber

The standing ovation was well-deserved. I saw him deliver his speech live, at a TEDx event in Manchester (UK) last year. Some people cried, some people laughed, and some people felt goose-bumps. And at the end, everyone stood up to cheer; to congratulate not only his speech but his extraordinary effort to improve peoples’ lives. He taught us all …

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Why Sleep Is the Most Underrated Tool for Good Health, Longevity, and Productivity

“Men who sleep five hours a night have significantly smaller testicles than men who sleep eight hours or more” This is how Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Matthew Walker kicked off his speech to employees at Google. I was wrapped up in a blanket, sipping my honey and camomile tea on …

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8 Secrets for a Happy Life from History’s Greatest Philosophers

Everlasting lessons from some of the world’s greatest minds What is happiness? I know this is a question you’ve asked yourself before. Why? Because it’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves before; we all want to live a happy life, it’s a natural desire that all humans have since the beginning of time. But your answer to this burning …

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The Stress to Impress – Why Women Struggle for Promotions

And what leaders can do to help. Being promoted at work depends on how well you perform, right? Wrong. Promotion-related decisions are heavily influenced by supervisors’ subjective perceptions of an individual’s ‘promotability’, and these perceptions are heavily influenced by the way in which that individual behaves; specifically, on how well an individual self-promotes themselves. The …

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A Message From The Obamas That Will Make You QuestionYour Priorities

You shouldn’t aspire to ‘have it all’. Michelle Obama has recently (and finally!) launched her new podcast, and the first guest on her show was Barack. They shared their thoughts on the philosophy of “having it all”, and as someone who’s ambitious and driven to be successful in a range of aspects, their conversation really …

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The School That Will Change Your Definition of Philanthropy

Shanti Bhavan and the multiplicative effect In the outskirts of Bangalore, India, there’s a school unlike any other; Shanti Bhavan. I first heard of it by lucky coincidence after a longwinded scroll through Netflix, when I decided on a gripping docu-series titled ‘Daughters of Destiny’. It’s an emotive, inspirational, and thought-provoking series that deserves the most …

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How These Two Truths Helped Me Become a Better Decision-Maker

Being indecisive is a massive waste of time, and it can cost you a lot. Dwelling on all the imaginable outcomes and asking for other people’s opinions will not only cause you frustration, but it’ll also make you waste precious time that you could be investing in doing something productive. I’m chronically indecisive; painfully so. There are …

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