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The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

— Henry Ward Beecher

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

— Hans Hofmann

Thanks to a fantastic innovation called the Internet, there is a wealth of advice on every topic imaginable.

This is both a blessing and a curse.

The upside is that it’s now easier than ever to improve; it’s amazing what you can learn just from YouTube and following the right people on Twitter.

The downside is that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and…


The week of March 1st-5th 2021 saw the digital talks of leaders in the creative community for Cannes Lions’ Lions Live.

Many of the speakers were women, and in honour of this year’s International Women’s Day we thought we would collate our favourite quotes.

(With such an impressive roster of speakers, it was very hard to pick favourites but we’ve managed to whittle it down to 8.)

The future of creativity is that we’re finally going to come to terms with the fact that we are part of a gigantic ecosystem and that we need those other industries as much…


You might not be aware that today is ‘ Random Acts of Kindness Day ‘.

The foundation by the same name was set up to promote the importance of doing good for others.

It’s an opportunity to do something thoughtful for someone else and think about how you can incorporate more of this behaviour into your daily life.

Why do we value kindness?

From an evolutionary standpoint, the thinking is that it promotes cooperative behaviour, which was essential to us as a species when resources were scarce.

If you were kind to someone in need, it made them more likely…


As good as it sounds, it wouldn’t be real life if everything went your way all of the time.

That’s why it’s good to know what to do when things eventually do go wrong.

Sure, it’s easy to stick your head in the sand and hope the problem goes away, but it rarely does. As the author, Luca DellAnna wisely states, “Problems grow to the size needed for you to acknowledge them.”

Following the advice below can help you to address the issue before it grows too large to handle.

1. Accept what has happened

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step in…


During the course of the Second World War, an enormous number of bombs were dropped by both sides.

To give you some idea of how many, the US and British Forces alone released 2.7 million tons over Europe.

These bombs were carried to their destination by large and heavily armed aircraft like the Avro Lancaster and Handley Page Halifax.

Due to their size, they were slow and difficult to manoeuvre, making them vulnerable to enemy fighters. So, to avoid being shot down easily, they flew high over their targets.

As a result, they were not particularly accurate — so poor…


Ah….personal finance.

Something hard to get excited about but something we all need to know about

Learning to manage your money well sets the foundation for a fulfilled life because it gives you options.

Ok, so having money is no guarantee that you’ll be happy but not having enough is sure to make you sad.

Some of us were fortunate enough to receive a financial education from a family member when we were younger, and these kind instructors deserve a medal.

For the rest of us, there’s the day you realise that you have likely been neglecting your finances.

Welcome…


For it is in giving that we receive.

— St. Francis of Assisi

’Tis the season of giving (and receiving).

The ritual of gifting has become so deeply embedded within our society that we no longer question exactly why we partake in it so enthusiastically.

The latter half of the year revolves almost entirely around the build-up to the busiest shopping days. Getting through the gauntlet, starting Black Friday and ending Christmas Eve, without an empty wallet is a nigh-on impossible task.

Whether it be the pressure of finding the perfect joke gift for the office Secret Santa, or one…


Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.’

— Henry Ward Beecher

We are all interested in being the happiest version of ourselves, and practising gratitude is a useful exercise in the pursuit of this worthy goal.

It helps us to maintain a more balanced outlook on life by counteracting our natural tendency to dwell on the negative.

In other words, instead of focusing on what we don’t have or what isn’t going so well, it encourages us to focus on the positive aspects.

One way to achieve this is to keep a gratitude journa l which acts…


Project management is an important role that requires a broad skillset.

Not only do you need to be an excellent communicator, people organiser, and a gifted manager of time and money, you also need to be good at anticipating when and where things might go wrong.

So how do you develop a knack for predicting project snags?

A lot of this comes from experience, but even the most seasoned project managers can benefit from carrying out a project ‘pre-mortem.’

Devised by the psychologist Gary Klein, it’s a thought exercise designed to identify errors that could occur with a project before


We all want to be our “best self”, professionally 💼 and personally 🏡.

But, the desire to be your “best self” should not be a desire for who you wish you could be, but who you are when you’re performing at your best.

And, if you want to perform at your best, you need to understand the factors that get you there.

This is your blueprint of creative reinvention. 💭

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