As a society, we tend to value and celebrate extroverts. With their big personalities and outgoing nature, they form quick and easy friendships and thrive in the spotlight. People who are more reserved are often underestimated because they exude less confidence. But what really matters is a person’s competence, not […]
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Unless you have thick skin or a lot of practice in taking direct feedback, most people will agree that being criticised can be rather uncomfortable. The trick to turning criticism into something valuable is to distance yourself from your initial emotional response, find the nugget of truth embedded in the […]
Launching a business isn’t easy but having a co-founder can make things smoother. If that co-founder is your friend, extraordinary things could happen. Trust, fun, respect and camaraderie are already there. However, the qualities that make people great friends don’t always match the traits that make them great business partners. […]
Many people see stress as an unalloyed negative but in fact, stress serves a natural physiological purpose. It can help us solve problems and learn and grow from our experiences. Instead of trying to eliminate stress, we should try to understand it, optimise it, and capture the upsides. It’s true […]
Apple cider vinegar, turmeric, green tea and bone broth. They are some of many whole foods that potentially benefit our health when we consume them on a regular basis and at certain levels. In recent years, healthy eating has turned toward functional foods and finding the right balance. Where low-fat […]
Have you ever found yourself postponing an important task by, say colour-coding your wardrobe instead? When you look at your to-do list, do you just want to go for a run or back to bed? We’re all guilty of it from time to time, but when putting things off interferes […]
When in Tuscany’s capital Florence, with its palazzos, cathedrals and bustling squares, you can’t escape the distinctive scent of leather. In this beautiful city of the Italian masters, there are shops and market stalls offering quality leather goods on practically every street corner. If you’re in the market for a […]
Reusable coffee cups, steel straws and bamboo toothbrushes are just some of the environmentally friendly products we now choose to use in our everyday lives. There’s a lot of innovation in the zero-waste space, and changemakers from New Zealand are at the forefront of it all. The fashion industry is […]
Have you ever wondered why you feel so good straight after a gruelling HIIT session, why cuddling a puppy makes you feel relaxed, or why eating your favourite dessert instantly puts a smile on your face? All this and more happens because there’s some chemical rewiring going on in your...
Alongside maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and eating plenty of greens, there are other impactful things you can do to live longer and stay healthy. Longevity is a well-researched topic but some of these proven ingredients for a longer, happier life may surprise you. 1. Prioritise your happiness When...