The Proven Power of Being Kind, Dr. Kristin Neff

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The Self-Compassion Pioneer Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others, says Dr. Kristin Neff. Yet we turn out not to be very good at the first. Neff, a leading expert on self-compassion, is an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin. She is a professor, bestselling author […]

Gigglelicious, Jo Bluett

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She had everything going for her. But when Jo Bluett was diagnosed with the chronic fatigue condition ME, she went from high flying businesswoman to being stuck at home claiming benefits. Nothing helped, until, 13 years ago, a desperate Jo decided to laugh about it. Literally. She went on to establish Laughter for Health, teaching […]

Unravelling Stress, Paul Loomans

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Time Surfer In a time when we seem to drown in a wave of busyness, Zen monk Paul Loomans asks the essential: How can I ride the wave instead? A former theatre actor and director, Loomans is the founder of Unravelling Stress in Amsterdam, where he works with individuals and groups to regain a sense […]

From Dark Depression to Sushi King, Simon Woodroffe OBE

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Founder of YO! Sushi When he was forty, Simon Woodroffe found himself divorcing, without an income, and battling depression. A few years later he stood at the helm of a hugely successful business empire: The YO! Sushi chain and other YO ventures. ‘If someone asks me ‘what inspired you to start YO! Sushi?’ I reply: […]