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The professor of happiness, Paul Dolan

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Paul Dolan is Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE and the author of two bestselling books on happiness — Happy Ever After and Happiness By Design. He tells us about the importance of finding a balance between pleasure and purpose in life in order to achieve that happiness, how we can find new ways […]

Filmmaker, musician and author, Jamie Catto

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Jamie Catto is a musician, filmmaker and the author of ‘Insanely Gifted: turn your demons into creative rocket fuel.’ He believes that too much of our lives are lived at a superficial level of connection, where we behave in an inauthentic way. This, Jamie says, is something we’ve all been taught from our earliest years, […]

Breath Therapist, James Dowler

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James Dowler began studying meditation after he’d experienced chronic fatigue and pain as a student. His exploration of techniques led him to breathwork, which he found helpful, powerful and quick. James now teaches breathwork methods to others and advocates their benefits for the whole self — mind and body together. He believes that using our […]

How to be authentically charming, Dr Raj Persaud

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‘Seduction’ may have gone out of fashion as a concept but psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud believes it isn’t dead. He tells us about the risks for our personal relationships about conducting too much of our lives online, and tells us what we should and shouldn’t learn from the unlikely group of advisers Casanova, Machiavelli, Jane […]

The electricity of the mind, Dr Rahul Jandial

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In his book, ‘Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon’, Dr Rahul Jandial uses what he has seen from years of operating on brains in trauma to tell the rest of us how best to keep our brains healthy. While the brain is an extremely complex and fascinating organ, there are simple things we can do […]

Hijacking your mind, Jada Sezer

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Jada Sezer says the lockdown has meant a rollercoaster of emotions to her, a process of grieving for our past life and its routines. The model and campaigner said: “Every week is different. I might start the week happy and end the week collapsed on the sofa. There’s a heaviness in the world. Some days […]

An Inheritance of Trauma by, Josh Zitser

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Josh Zitser is a journalist who became interested in the after-effects of the Holocaust on the families of survivors because of his own family’s experience. Josh’s grandmother survived Auschwitz — although other members of her family did not. Years later, she shared memories with him that she had been reluctant to talk about with her […]

Learning to look ahead, Terrence the Teacher

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Terrence overcame huge adversity in childhood and now teaches others to look forward to improve their lives step by step, as he did. He came to mindfulness, hypnotherapy and NLP after being a physical fitness instructor when he realised how much his clients’ state of mind affected their bodies. He uses a combination of techniques […]

Moving the mind beyond trauma, Josh Dickson

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Josh Dickson is a therapist who works with EMDR — eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing — therapy to help clients overcome past traumas. He says he has both experienced and witnessed its effects. Josh tells us the theories about why stimulating the brain helps it to file away old, painful memories and explains how he […]

Dream Yourself Better, Charlie Morley

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Lucid dreaming is a state where you’re asleep, but aware that you’re dreaming. Charlie Morley says that almost anyone can learn how to do it. He’s a teacher of lucid dreaming and a student of Buddhism. Charlie says that not only is lucid dreaming fun — like a virtual reality simulation — but it has […]

A Bridge to the Future, Jonny Benjamin MBE

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Mental Health Campaigner Ten years ago, Jonny Benjamin was at a low point. He was talked out of a suicide attempt on Waterloo Bridge. His quest to find the man who rescued him, Neil Laybourn, became famous. Jonny’s now written a book about his story, his illness and his progress towards recovery. Jonny talks to […]

Cultivating the Compassionate Mind, Paul Gilbert OBE

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Founder of Compassion-Focused Therapy  Paul Gilbert is a pioneer of compassion-focused therapy. He’s a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Derby. In his work, he has drawn on insights from Buddhist tradition as well as evolutionary psychology. His compassion training teaches people to quieten critical or hostile inner voices in order to treat […]

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