The death of Seneca - ‘master writer’ of the Greco-Roman age.  Photograph:  Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Little did Zeno of Citium know that 2,300 years after he founded Stoicism in the street-schools of Athens, fragments of his thought would be passed ar(...)

England’s coach Gareth Southgate embraces England’s forward Raheem Sterling after the Uefa Euro 2020 final at Wembley stadium in London. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Many people watching last night’s Euro 2020 final will have experienced an unfamiliar emotion – something akin to regret or guilt over a neighbour’s m(...)

In the mornings I like to use what are called ‘sentence stems’ to nudge my mood upwards. File photograph: iStock

Passing a building site the other morning I noticed that someone had drawn a vertical arrow on a hoarding with a tip at each end. The word “up” was wr(...)

Sports Direct CEO  Mike Ashley:  Among the many brands he  owns are Carlton, Dunlop, Donnay, Lillywhites, Slazenger, Karrimor, Campri, No Fear, Kangol, Firetrap, House of Fraser and Newcastle United Football Club. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

In a crazy nightmare that spun out of control this week, Sports Direct was confused with direct provision. Two systems that barely meet basic needs an(...)

Try to find an assertive and respectful way to communicate your feelings and state what you need without being aggressive. Photograph: iStock

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung “How much more grievous are the consequences of (...)

The soul: If it’s not in here then where is it? Photograph: Getty Images

For something no one has ever actually seen, the human soul gets a lot of attention. Someone with “no soul” is considered deficient somehow. Work can (...)

Sometimes, I feel like the last remaining adult whose night-time routine involves nodding off holding a glass of wine in front of episode eight of a Netflix series I can’t remember anything about.

I’ve been having a lot of conversations lately about how much sleep everyone is getting. So far, so 2006-2013 – the years best known as the economic c(...)

Venus and Jupiter  by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. Seneca argued that, since the gods  controlled all human affairs, experiencing a setback was a flattering sign that you’d caught their attention.

Hardcore atheists like to say there’s as much evidence for God as there is for Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. But what if there was a god, or a col(...)

Stoicism   is an ancient philosophy that focuses on character: being a good, decent person and standing up for your principles

Stoicism is one of those things that is often misunderstood. Either you think of it as a state of mind that involves silent old men who never talk abo(...)

Ireland performs well in promoting educational equality amongst children, being ranked second out of 41 developed countries in the latest UNICEF report.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius observed in his Meditations that “poverty is the mother of crime”. Nothing has c(...)

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