wellbeing

A house made of wood

How I discovered that woodlands, storytelling and connection will support resilience in our challenging times

Brendan Montague
| 8th January 2018
Resilience is something of a buzzword - a necessary one in times of austerity and increased anxiety about work. BRENDAN MONTAGUE had read the literature about how being in nature, telling stories and connecting with people all increase resilience. And then he experienced it first hand when he attended a weekend workshop at Hazel Hill Woods in Salisbury. This is his story.

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Gardening as Therapy: A moving memoir

Harriet Griffey
Culture Editor
| 20th June 2017
Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn - who said he'd never give up his allotment, whatever the outcome of the recent UK elections - knows it and so do the millions of gardeners, growers and allotmenteers who've found a deeper relationship with their own patch of land. HARRIET GRIFFEY discovers the healing power of that relationship as described in a beautifully written new memoir

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The Rollright Stones in North Oxfordshire, not far from Paul's home town of Banbury. Photo: Cyrus Mower via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Noise, the 'ignored pollutant': health, nature and ecopsychology

Paul Mobbs
| 9th March 2017
The sonic backdrop to our lives is increasingly one of unwanted technospheric noise, writes Paul Mobbs. And as it eclipses the sounds of nature, it's taking its toll on our health, wellbeing and quality of life. So as well as campaigning for more trees, and quieter cars, trucks and aircraft, what's to be done? Let us seek out calm moments of quiet tranquillity - and listen to the birds.

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Image: 'Smiley Refraction' by Lemsipmatt via Flickr (CC BY-SA).

Happy New World? Human capital and the corruption of happiness

William Davies
| 3rd August 2015
A transformative, progressive political agenda focused on human wellbeing has morphed into a new form of behavioral management, writes William Davies. Happiness itself has been packaged, commoditised and put to the service of capital - and if you haven't got it, the Happy New World has no place for you.

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Plants Before Pills

Sebastian Pole
| 16th June 2015
Ayurvedic practitioner Sebastian Pole of Pukka Herbs looks at the role of plants in the history of medicine and why reconnecting with natural food is essential to our health. With the explosion of system-wide health disorders, its time to take a more holistic approach to wellbeing.

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Extreme Inequality

Mark Goldring
| 6th October 2014
The massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of a few people presents a significant threat to democracy and wellbeing. Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, calls for a more progressive agenda for the redistribution of wealth.

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Practicing the Five Ways to Wellbeing

Network of Wellbeing
| 31st October 2013
“Wellbeing is a very big and beautiful concept; its personal wellbeing, its social wellbeing, its community wellbeing, and it is also wellbeing of our planet earth. So, wellbeing is a big and holistic vision”

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