Improve heart health, decrease stress, boost happiness: take off your headphones

My gumboots squelch on the muddy grass as I lug an awkwardly-sized laundry basket of cold, wet washing outside. My thoughts are on the morning rush: I need to hang this washing out, make my lunch, get the 3-year-old ready, brush my teeth, make the beds and do my makeup in, eek, 15 minutes. MyContinue reading “Improve heart health, decrease stress, boost happiness: take off your headphones”

Want to increase IQ and EQ? Read a novel

Recently I was told that I’ll never “develop as a person” if I continue to read novels instead of more serious non-fiction titles. It’s hard to explain my reaction when confronted with this view: a mix of exasperation, incredulity and facepalming. But sadly, this is a common misperception among self-help book devotees. I couldn’t bringContinue reading “Want to increase IQ and EQ? Read a novel”