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Clean eating: the new religion

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Clean eating: the new religion

Have you been 'good' today and had a salad, or were you 'bad' and reached for a cookie? It's not uncommon to hear moralistic descriptions around food. But why are we so puritanical about what we consume?

Is too much freedom making you miserable?

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Is too much freedom making you miserable?

The story of the West over the past century has been a story of the fight for freedom. We have been part of an unstoppable campaign, with no obvious end in sight, and one single purpose: the freedom of the individual to create their own identity, live as they choose, and express that life to the full. Has this made us any happier?

How individualism messed up my generation

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How individualism messed up my generation

My generation spend 3 hours a day on our phones. We are isolated and stressed. We don't feel like we have any friends. Millennials had it bad, Gen Z have it worse, so what next? Do we accept the fact that we’re all slightly screwed, and destined to be lonely forever?

How to find hope in a fearful world

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How to find hope in a fearful world

From climate change and Brexit to the fear of being seen in public without makeup, there is much to be fearful about in the world today. Even the vast improvements in almost every area of global health, wealth and education do little to make us more hopeful. Is there anything that can help?

You do you: finding yourself in the random events of life

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You do you: finding yourself in the random events of life

Growing up I didn't have a clue what I wanted to be. I still don't now. I don't think I'm alone. Yet people still love to say 'you do you'.

Why entitlement is making you unhappy

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Why entitlement is making you unhappy

Why is it so deeply frustrating when we don't get something we feel we deserve, and less so when we get a good thing that we certainly don't? Is the idea that we could have it all hindering our hope of happiness?

Skin hunger: the West’s new health crisis

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Skin hunger: the West’s new health crisis

It is only when we live without touch that we realise how fundamental it is to our existence. In a culture with endless rules governing our physical interactions, how can we reclaim the innocence of touch again?

Why is everyone so angry?

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Why is everyone so angry?

Our national political dialogue has become increasingly toxic. And our social media feeds are full of online abuse. On last week’s Question Time, Rory Stewart recently argued we need more love in politics. Is this just political cliché, or is this the hope for our divided nation?   

I’m a workaholic and an Olympic rat race gold medallist

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I’m a workaholic and an Olympic rat race gold medallist

I’m Ben and I’m a workaholic. Work was my obsession, my first love, and my daily adrenaline fix. Now I’ve realised there is something so much better.