Category Health & Happiness

What if everything went horribly right?

Having been a pessimist much of my life, I’ve recently been forced to face the possibility that maybe, just maybe, everything is going to be OK. And, quite possibly, a lot better than OK. This means considering upside scenarios that I never used to dare think about. In other words, what if everything went horribly right? […]

Apply own oxygen mask before helping others (part 1)

A reader sent me an article from the The Guardian in which an anonymous guy (let’s call him Tim) writes an open letter to his wife, pleading with her to get a job. The reader thought the article might be interesting to others, particularly those that had read How not to be a Walking Wallet. Below is […]

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 […]

Gap years for grown ups

Why should kids have all the fun? Lots of college students take a year off either before or after going to university. And plenty of young professionals play their cards so they can take a year off to go travelling in their 20s or 30s. Some couples with children even manage to take time out from Racing […]

Get rich, slim and buff! (no credit card needed)

Firstly, you can relax. I’m not selling you anything in this article. So put away that credit card, pull up a chair and let’s chat. Second, I don’t claim to be a doctor or nutritional research scientist. But this article is based on science. Third, whilst I haven’t appeared on the front cover of Men’s Health […]

Progress, Volatility and The Snowball

A few weeks back, I was struggling with my cycling training. I don’t know why. Maybe I was tired, maybe I was over-training, maybe the dog had eaten my homework. Whatever the excuse reason, I was struggling to keep up with the group. The thought that popped into my head was….I don’t feel I’m making […]

Get Rich…Honestly!

I take it as given that we all agree the path to Financial Independence should not include shoplifting, fraud or mugging little old ladies. But let’s take the concept of honesty a stage further. I have been experimenting recently with Radical Honesty.  This means saying everything you think, without stopping to worry how people will […]