My city hosts the Olympics today, and I feel a bit anxious – like when you hear guests buzzing on the door bell, the house is a mess, and you’ve just had a raging argument with your wife. Well, I am very proud to be British, and proud to be a Londoner. I hope the Read more…

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What do Marcus Aurelius and Bridget Jones have in common? The answer, of course, is that they both kept a journal, and used it in their efforts to change themselves. The first page of Bridget’s diary, on January 1st, shows her performing something of a ‘moral audit’ on herself after a two-day binge: 129 lbs. Read more…

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Welcome to all the new subscribers to the newsletter – lots of you signed up from Australia, following the interview I did on ABC on Monday. Usually this newsletter has links to philosophy and psychology stories from the web, but today I came across one great story which I’d like to share with you all. Read more…

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Earlier this week I went to see a talk by Tony Hsieh, CEO of the billion-dollar shoe company Zappos. I’m not particularly interested in shoes, but Zappos is no ordinary shoe-seller. Hsieh has built a unique corporate culture, which puts a big emphasis on shared values such as positivity and creativity. He’s an evangelist for Read more…

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Last night I went to the launch of the School of Life’s new self-help series – six short books or long essays on everything from How To Stay Sane (by Philippa Perry) to How To Worry Less About Money (by John Armstrong) to How To Think More About Sex (by Alain de Botton). I was Read more…

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