Walking backwards has many health benefits – it strengthens our muscles, is an efficient form of exercise, and can even prevent disease.
Currants – in their red and black varieties – may be tart, but are full of flavour and nutrition. They also make the perfect partner for summer ice cream.
Mint is a diverse herb that can be used in tea, sauce, and as part of the filling in a traditional Polish dumpling (or pierogi).
Tree bark has many health-related uses – as our ancestors were well-acquainted with. Even hugging a tree can have psychological benefits.
According to both Eastern and Western traditions, certain plants and herbs have youth-giving properties and can ensure that we live a long life.
Paweł Sokal from the Earthing Institute shares all about the alternative medicine practise known as grounding (or earthing).
Meditation based on compassion has many short- and long-term benefits for the brain – as proved by the case of Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard.
A groundbreaking Stanford University study explains the areas of the brain that are impacted by hypnosis.
It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things.
What is the dream incubation technique? How can you rewrite what happens in a nightmare? And why might sleeping too much be problematic?
Sue Stuart-Smith – a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of the book “The Well-Gardened Mind” – talks about the importance of gardens, plants and green spaces for our mental wellbeing.
What do yoga and maternity have in common? How can taking control of our body help us to reflect on how we view ourselves and our children?
Amid the chaos of our everyday lives, it is often difficult to focus on what we truly want. We can achieve this by following Mallika Chopra and cultivating intentions.
In a society where the notion of care is abundant, we appear to be lacking figures that represent a kind of caring guardianship. Where can we find them?
The inhabitants of the Japanese island Okinawa famously live long, satisfied lives. What is the secret to their success?
Pkhali – balls of wild leaves mixed with nuts and spices – are popular cuisine in Georgia, where the locals enjoy a close relationship to nature.
Tubers often end up neglected in the back of the fridge. Yet carrots, celeriac and parsley root can be roasted or boiled to inspirational effect.
Konstanty Moes-Oskragiełło was the first Polish vegetarian. But he also held a number of radical – and controversial – views about health and society.
Modern society is moving further and further away from greenery, with forests and parks obscured behind screens and windows.
A deeper appreciation for science and less unnecessary spending could be in our future.
Spring is the perfect time to be inspired by nature – flowers can be a great source of knowledge for us humans.
The spring weather can be enjoyed mindfully. A meditation teacher suggests five walking meditation exercises.
A lot of us are putting a lot of effort into being more fully present and to being ‘here now’ and we head towards the fire, and in the process, we lose our sense of humor. What are the ways of taking care of ourselves in the process?
The concept of ‘positive thinking’ is ubiquitous throughout society – from social media to home décor. What then, of adopting an approach grounded in negativity?
By taking a mindful approach to what is happening, we can situate ourselves in the here and now – and get to the heart of the problem.
A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes.
Amid lockdown and social isolation, our writer discovered that the kindness of others is still alive and well – especially in the kitchen.
Faced with the prospect of a lonely Christmas, our writer found sentimental comfort in baking her own gingerbread cake.
The barberry shrub – most noticeable from its striking red berries – consists of the fruit, bark, root and leaf. Luckily, we can benefit from all of it.
Take one long stroll, four times a week.
Our brains and hearts are synchronized with one another. By calming our mind, we can also relieve the physical symptoms of stress.
In a chaotic society where work, success and profit reign supreme, the act of meditation may prove to be revolutionary.
Family bonds can be difficult to develop and navigate. A psychologist offers some advice on how to pursue more healthy family relationships.
‘Despite all our medical advances,’ my friend Jason used to quip, ‘the mortality rate has remained constant – one per person.’
Move over, forest bathing.
The psychologist Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs, which collectively represent the needs and desires required to motivate all human behaviour. How do we reach the highest level?
Being kind to others positively impacts your physical and mental health, according to this groundbreaking research by Stanford professor Dr. James Doty.
Lucid dreaming describes the act of becoming aware that we are dreaming while asleep. How can we practice it and what are its benefits?
The architecture of sleep is surprisingly complex, consisting of various cycles made up of multiple phases.
The phenomenon of first night effect (FNE) often occurs when we spend the night in a new environment – and have trouble sleeping.
In the Indigenous communities of Panama and Suriname, botanical decoctions are effective in treating a number of health ailments.
Fasting is said to have many benefits for both the body and mind – but it is also very hard work.
The question of what ‘youth’ means is a tricky one. Not only is it uncomfortable for people of a certain age, but being young is an entirely relative concept.
Spending time alone need not be a lonely affair. On the contrary, it is actually good for our health and wellbeing.
The Poilâne bakery in Paris was founded in the 1930s. Today, it continues as a family business under the leadership of Apollonia Poilâne, baking some of the French capital’s finest bread.
A psychologist outlines four meditation exercises for the summer months.
Smartphones, laptops and the capitalist work culture mean that it is increasingly hard to switch off. What activities provide us with the most rest?
A master yogi who was brought up in the West explains how to calm your mind and body in the times of the pandemic.
The teachings of the Buddha (and the writing of secular journalist Robert Wright) can help us understand how to free ourselves from the captivity of the brain.
A growing body of neuroscience research shows that meditation can make us better to each other.