The pleasures of food

The pleasures of food

Overlooking the pleasures of food There is no better season than summer to write about pleasures and food falls squarely within this realm. Yet, we routinely overlook its sensuality and fall into mindless, functional eating or succumb to overconsumption, missing...
The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

I have always had an interest in living a good life – perhaps a natural attraction towards positive psychology. An experience early on in life eventually taught me the value of seeing the self as far deeper than the finely curated fragments of body and mind that we...
Real World Positive Psychology?

Real World Positive Psychology?

Is there a role for positive psychology in conflict situations? I have just returned from Kurdistan (Iraq) where I visited several Yazidi families, many of which lost their children or family members under siege near Mount Sinjar this December. This trip forced me to...
Same, same, but different

Same, same, but different

Same, same, but different. They are not like us. In fact, I hope they never are. For some weeks since first arriving in Cambodia there has been one question that has plagued me – what is it that makes Cambodian people smile? After intensive internal debate, as...