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Does truth really matter? Or should we just accept that people have different views?

October 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I recently had dinner with some friends and we got to discussing truth – as you do. This is a subject I’ve thought about a lot, most recently in the so-called era of post-truth manifested by the utterances of President Trump. Why does truth matter? What techniques do people use to deny truth? What techniques should we […]

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Nine reasons why coffee can benefit your health

October 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I drink a lot of coffee so I was interested to see this analysis of the health benefits of the drink. Cheers, mate!

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How to have a six-month honeymoon and see the world

September 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Earlier this year in May, I had a holiday in Sri Lanka. You can read my account of the trip here. At one point in the holiday, we made an exciting train journey from a town called Nana-Oya to a city called Kandy. On the journey, I met briefly a good-looking young couple who were […]

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A short guide to comparative religions

September 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Taoism Shit happens. Confucianism Confucius say, “Shit happens.” Buddhism If shit happens, it isn’t really shit. Zen Buddhism What is the sound of shit happening? Hinduism This shit happened before. Mormonism This shit is going to happen again. Islam If shit happens, it is the Will of Allah. Stoicism This shit is its own reward. […]

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The 15 funniest jokes of this year’s Edinburgh fringe

August 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Here in Britain, we’ve been having a miserable summer with lots of cool, overcast and wet days, so we need some humour to keep us smiling. In this list, you’ll find the best jokes from this year’s Edinburgh fringe festival. And, if you want more jokes, you’ll find tons on my website here: Lots of […]

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“The How Of Happiness” – my review of the book

August 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I have recently finished reading a book called “The How Of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky. The main section of the work is a description of 12 happiness-enhancing activities and, over the past three days, I’ve blogged about these techniques. If you’d like to see a recap of all the activities and my review of the […]

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“The How Of Happiness” – activities 9, 10, 11, 12

August 16th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I have recently finished reading a book called “The How Of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky. The main section of the work is a description of 12 happiness-enhancing activities. Activities 9-12 are as follows: Savouring life’s joys: Paying close attention, taking delight and replaying life’s momentary pleasures and wonders – through thinking, writing, drawing or sharing […]

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“The How Of Happiness” – activities 5, 6, 7, 8

August 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I have recently finished reading a book called “The How Of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky. The main section of the work is a description of 12 happiness-enhancing activities. Activities 5-8 are as follows: Nurturing relationships: Picking a relationship in need of strengthening and investing time and energy in healing, cultivating, affirming and enjoying it. Developing […]

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“The How Of Happiness” – activities 1, 2, 3, 4

August 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I have recently finished reading a book called “The How Of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky. The main section of the work is a description of 12 happiness-enhancing activities. Activities 1-4 are as follows: Expressing gratitude: Counting your blessings for what you have (either to a close other or privately, through contemplation or diary-writing) or conveying […]

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I am no longer old – according to a proposal from the Japanese

July 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

On the day that my 41 year old son had the news that he will have to work until he is 68 before receiving a state pension, I read of the proposal that someone of my age (69) is no longer to be termed old. In Japan, a joint committee of the Japan Gerontological Society […]

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