Urban living brings with it great intellectual gains, yet living outside in nature can bring manifold benefits, too.
Contemporary psychology – with its rites, symbols and stories – plays the same role for modern humankind as mythology once played for our forebears.
Admiring a work of art often feels like an emotionally-enriching experience. But does engaging with the arts actually instigate demonstrable psychological change?
Everyday rituals are ephemeral prayers, a hint to the gods for protection, encircling life like a fragrant garland.
Buddhism and ecology both refuse to separate the human and natural worlds – and demand that we act accordingly.
Is being carefree a special good of childhood? Is it something that confers meaning on the life of a child, without doing the same for adults? Or do adults need to be more carefree, and so be more like children, in order for their lives to go well?
Given how little control we have of our wandering minds, how can we cultivate real mental autonomy?
Do we really believe the views we express? Are we always trying to establish the truth when we argue, or might there be other motives at work?
Ignoring the inevitability of death does not lead to happiness. On the contrary, remembering this difficult subject can help one live a joyful life.