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Sympathetic joy: How to feel good when someone else is happy

We all experience moments of happiness and joy for others. It could be that your best friend has just secured their dream job, or your sibling has got into their first choice university. Maybe it’s something even simpler like your partner has discovered an amazing restaurant that sells their favourite food. Whatever it is that

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The Surprising Power of Loving-Kindness Meditation

Loving-Kindness Meditation (LKM) is a Buddhist-derived practice that teaches us to cultivate compassion, kindness and warmth toward ourselves and others. This technique can help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, anger, fear, and pain. Based on the principle of metta, which roughly means “positive energy towards others”, this practice is often used in conjunction with other forms

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Does manifesting work?

“Shut up, I’m manifesting”: a short, initially confusing phrase, but one that’s blown up on social media recently. Manifesting is a term that has become increasingly familiar to many of us, although there is still a lot of uncertainty about what it actually means, and crucially, whether it works. The lack of scientific support for

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What is Tonglen meditation and how do I practise it?

Ancient Buddhist practices represent the root of most modern forms of meditation. However, many meditation styles are no longer guided by a spiritual path, having been adopted within various therapeutic or secular contexts because of their ability to foster calmness, peace of mind, and emotional intelligence. This is certainly true of the art of Tonglen

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What is intentional living?

In today’s hectic modern world, in which excess and selfishness are often encouraged, it can take great time and effort to develop a simple life based around your core values and needs. Our lives are full of personal and professional tasks that swallow up our energy and time, without giving us much in return. One

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Is it true that money doesn’t buy happiness?

Money can make your life simpler and easier, and admittedly it can solve a whole host of problems. The idea that money can’t buy happiness may be scoffed at by poorer people who are finding it hard to pay the bills, and this is completely understandable. If you’re struggling, a cash injection can make a

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