This month, we explore the drama, cathartic beauty and—sometimes—silliness that comes with the art form that is opera. Classical music journalist Alexandra Coghlan offers beginner tips on which works to start with, how to watch them, what to look out for at the performance and even what to wear (spoiler alert: even flip flops are acceptable!).
From the giddy joys of Mozart to the soul-crushing emotional overdrive of Tchaikovsky, via the intricate complexities of Britten, there's something for everyone in opera, as Alexandra explains. All you need is an open mind and the willingness to be swept away into a stirring world of drama, passion and adventure.
Christmas can be a very stressful time, what with all the shopping, cleaning and dinner prepping—not to mention dealing with difficult family members or grief. In this month's festive episode, author of Calm Christmas, Beth Kempton, offers advice and practical tips on how to remain calm and mindful during this often-tumultuous time which will encourage you to use this time of natural hibernation to germinate new dreams and nurture a beautiful life in the year ahead.
In our age of constant information and communication, more and more of us are seeking out moments of calm. For many people, ASMR (or Autonomous, Sensory, Meridian Response) is a vital tool for reducing anxiety and inducing a special, "tingling" sensation. Anna Walker talks with the ASMRtist and author Unwind Your Mind: The Life Changing Power of ASMR, Emma WhispersRed, about the phenomenon.
As concern grows over the environmental costs and ethical implications of intensive factory farming, an increasing number of us are embracing diets and lifestyles free from animal products. Has the time now arrived for us all to reject the exploitation of animals completely and become vegan? Anna Walker talks to the author of Should We All Be Vegan?, Molly Watson, to find out.
A good night's sleep can mark the difference between a good day and a bad day. The hours we spend in bed shape our mood, motivation and decision-making skills, impacting every corner of our lives. Eva Mackevic speaks to elite sleep coach Nick Littlehales about the secrets to perfect slumber.
Whether it's getting married, having kids or a high-paying job, society loves to tell us how to live our lives. Paul Dolan, professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE, explains why these preconceived narratives can be damaging to us as individuals, and how to find your own route to happiness, in his new book, Happy Ever After.
Plastic. We all know we're using too much. But how much difference can one person realistically make to the state of our oceans? Will McCallum, head of oceans at Greenpeace and author of How to Give Up Plastics offers his insider knowledge on how anyone can reduce their plastic footprint.