Category Health & Happiness

Get rich…without envy

Regular readers will know that The Escape Artist grew up in a tiny village in the back end of nowhere in rural Cambridgeshire. Eventually my parents decided that our mortgage was not big enough so, when I was 10 years old, we moved from the back end of nowhere to the middle of nowhere. We […]

Stoicism for winners

Stoicism has a bit of an image problem. There are 2 reasons for this. Firstly, its philosophy.  So people assume its all poncey horseshit where perpetual students with goatee beards and berets bicker in cafes over the meaning of words whilst smoking French cigarettes and generally being a bellend. Not true. I don’t smoke French […]

No news is good news!

I don’t watch The News on TV or read newspaper articles…other than when readers send me the occasional gem. I think of The News as like the announcements made over The Tannoy System in The Prison Camp: a loud stream of misinformation, propaganda and general bullshit. I started avoiding the news as a deliberate part of […]

The inestimable advantages of living a more natural life

We all want the best in life.  The best for ourselves, the best for our children, our families and friends. So The Escape Artist is probably not going to be able to persuade the world to stop buying shit on the basis that, after 10 – 20 years of “deprivation”, you’ll be rich. We just […]

Scientists find spending doesn’t bring happiness…shoppers carry on anyway

One of the strange things about modern life is that people burn a huge amount of energy trying to earn more money and then spend it all. People must be doing this for a reason….I assume they’re hoping it will bring them happiness? Yet this doesn’t seem to make us all happy.  Studies show that we’re not really any happier now […]

The Fasting Experiment

In the modern world we live caged like battery hens or lab rats. As part of this, we are protected from predators, from the weather and we are overfed with (often artificial) food.  On balance, this beats starving in a cave during the Ice Age but it has the unfortunate side effect of making us […]

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Optimising for happiness

The Escape Artist proposes that we optimise our lives for maximum happiness. Some people will read this and be all like “Duh…obviously”.  Some people know what makes them happy. Some even know and then do it. But this is much rarer than you might think. Others will be inherently suspicious of anything as soft and mushy as the word happiness.  […]

Obesity crisis solved, no fuss required.

I was recently trapped sitting somewhere where Sky News is left on all the time. Sky brought to my attention something called an “obesity crisis” which is apparently a ticking timebomb in the West about which they want us to worry so much we’ll need a cup of tea and 2 bars of chocolate just to calm […]