Choosing to be happy

Pain is as omnipresent as breathing. No human life exists without it.  The capacity for pain is hardwired into the most ancient, reptilian region of our brains. As an evolutionary mechanism this is highly effective: if we are bitten by a snake, our brain remembers that snake bites hurt and this association causes us to…

Where the wild things are: overnight in the Cambodian jungle

You can tell you’re off the beaten track when your motortaxi driver asks you to dismount half way through the journey. He needs to navigate an unmarked path which is entirely submerged in murky water. It’s rainy season in Cambodia, and after two long bus rides from Sihanoukville, a questionable bike ride to the ferry…

Shackles and flow

Have you ever been so engrossed in something that you completely lost track of time? In psychological  terms, this is known as a flow state. When you are in flow, or “in the zone”, the only thing in your mind is what you are doing in that moment. This single-minded focus allows you to block out the…