We can choose to ignore our feelings, let them overwhelm us, or use them as fuel to face complex challenges head-on

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I’ve been worrying about climate collapse for a long time, while it seemed to me that my friends and family went around, undisturbed. To them, the climate was something far away — it seemed they thought environmental activism was all about protecting some obscure species of Amazonian frog they’d never heard of, rather than preserving the chances of our grandchildren having breathable air and food.

But recently, the tide has started to change.

Perhaps we can thank Greta and Fridays for Future. Perhaps being locked down forced people to finally take a long, hard look at our world and what…

And if the US is so rich, why aren’t more people happy? (Hint: most things you know are probably wrong)

You’ve probably heard plenty of people tell you that money doesn’t buy happiness: a quick search for the terms “money” and “happiness” brings up a ton of upbeat articles and videos entitled things like Here’s Why Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, mostly written by white privileged academics who were somehow able to afford their Psychology degrees without delving into debt.

Most likely, you’ve met at least one person who has visited a poor country and remarked that “everyone seemed so happy”…

Perhaps now, as a society, we can cultivate a healthier relationship with grief and mourning?

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I don’t know about you, but 2020 confronted me with death more than any other year that I remember. And, actually, the majority of those deaths were not from COVID, although I can’t say for sure that the huge stress of major life changes and distance from loved ones didn’t play a role in some of them.

I get the feeling that, as a society, we are not comfortable talking about death and grief. I’m guilty of it, too — when I learn that somebody…

I’ve spent most of my life being a “control freak” — and it may be thanks to one weird moment

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I don’t trust other people to do things right

I have a hard time relaxing when other people are doing things. I am a terrible passenger — a fair number of my friends have snapped at me for cringing, flinching and yelling “red light!” from beside them while they’re trying to concentrate on the road. I hover around other people when they’re cooking, wondering what they’re up to, casually stirring the pot when they look away.

In a team, I was probably a pain the ass. Over the years, I’ve learned to sit back and try to let other people shine, but my usual MO has been to either…

One-third of the world may never see the Milky Way — what does that mean for our sense of wonder, curiosity, and humility?

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When I was a child, one of my favourite things to do was stare at the night sky. Privileged enough to live out in the countryside, my grandfather would often come sit with me and show me the constellations, the milky way, and together we would look for shooting stars. While we sat there, he would tell me about how far away all those little specks of light were — how we would never be able to reach them in our lifetimes.

He would tell me about how the scene that we were looking at was actually a portal back…

Young people are crippled with anxiety about the future of the planet — should we label it a mental health disorder or a normal response to an existential threat?

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I don’t want to start a debate about climate change, but here are the facts, as far as I know: According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, things are really bad. However, in his controversial paper Deep Adaptation, Professor Jem Bendell claims that the reports are conservative and don’t tell us the full scope of the problem — the very beginning of his report states:

“(My) synthesis leads to my conclusion there will be a near-term collapse in society with serious ramifications for the lives of readers.”

A few weeks ago, Sir David Attenborough (aka natural historian, presenter of…

Simple yet powerful exercises you can do with zero cost

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I’m going to say this before we start: there is no substitute for professional therapy. While some claim that good friendships, exercise, medication, spending time in nature, or their spiritual practice provides them with all the therapy that they need, others have issues that require professional intervention, and in fact trying to “fix yourself” or save money by approaching untrained coaches or ‘lightworkers’ could end up doing more harm than good.

Saying that, it’s 2020 — we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, climate collapse has already started playing out, and mental health issues are skyrocketing. But not everyone…

A woman in 2100 remembers her Grandmother’s memories of the time before everything changed

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One of my fondest, clearest memories of my grandmother is from a warm, winter’s day where we had gathered to celebrate her birthday. I remember playing among the trees and the crisp, crushed leaves with my friends and neighbours, while the adults sat around the table laughing, talking and singing, as they usually did.

My grandmother was always smiling and laughing, the kindness radiating through her eyes. She seemed happiest when she was surrounded by people, leading them in song, listening to their woes, guiding a prayer or meditation — in particular, she was one of the ones who would…

And yes, there are people who want to learn it

I went from someone who just happened to speak Welsh to a mini-Youtube star who is able to live in the beautiful city of Prague, mostly from the income that I make from teaching Welsh. How did that happen?

Firstly, what is Welsh?

Wales is part of the UK — while not technically a sovereign nation, it does have its own Senate, flat, capital city, and historical identity. …

As you get older, you may start to regret that you didn’t start planning your future sooner… or will you?

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Type “travel ruins your life” or something similar into Google, and you’ll find a whole list of articles that claim that travelling has ruined their authors’ ability to live a normal existence. They’re mostly written tongue-in-cheek, coming to the conclusion that yes, travelling means you will never again be able to return to “normal” life, to dull office jobs and conversations about the weather with old friends, but that this destruction of the status quo is ultimately a positive thing that you will be the richer for.

The internet is overflowing with articles and blogs enthusing about how travel will…

Gwyneth Jones

Psychology & Coaching for the Great Turning. Host of @thewayweconnect podcast. Freelancer in Prague. Gardener & herbalist. Cymraeg. www.gwynethjones.coach

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