OK, that’s it, Christmas is over, time to cut down on the amount of alcohol I drink. I’ve kicked smoking this year, but drinking is trickier. I’d rather not give it up entirely, but how can I go about reducing my alcohol intake by, say, 50%? First off, I need to find a way of Read more…

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This is fun: check out Google’s new Ngram machine, which lets you graph the incidence of words in Google’s books archive going back centuries, and also to plot the incidence of different words against each other. I don’t know how accurate it is as a barometer of public interest, but you can see, for example, Read more…

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What happens when you send a Royal Marine to the Amazon and give him large quantities of hallucinogenic plants? He becomes a meditating hippy! That, at least, seems to be what’s happened to Bruce Parry, the TV presenter and former Marine, who went and lived with various indigenous tribes for the BBC series, ‘Tribe’, and Read more…

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Here’s something juicy to get your teeth stuck into over the New Year. It’s a long essay, which I plan to put in the appendix of my book, that looks at the rise of the politics of wellbeing, and governments’ growing confidence that they can stimulate the happiness of their citizens. Then it looks at Read more…

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The Atlantic’s cover story is the first article to publish the results of the Grant Study, a 72-year psychological study of 268 men who entered Harvard in the late 1930s, following their inner and outer lives to try and discover the secret of the Good Life. Participants included Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Read more…

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