And how a familiar scent can trigger childhood memories

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It’s a cloudy day in Edinburgh and I’m in a bookshop browsing the hundreds of books carefully stacked on the shelves. I catch a glimpse of the book I’m looking for and I extend my hand to reach for it.

I flick through the pages and, unconsciously, I bring the tip of my nose close to them. I close my eyes while I’m breathing in that crisp, ethereal scent of ink and paper — my favorite ritual since I was a child.

I’m immediately transported to another moment, another place.

It’s…


Arguments on prison’s effectiveness on both offenders and society

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“Noone truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.” Nelson Mandela

When we were children, our parents and teachers talked to us about that place where ‘bad people’ spend part of their lives — their whole lives even.

Those people have broken the law by doing something illegal. So they’re kept in prison, which will hopefully make them regret their previous actions and prepare them to go back to society.

This sounds good, right? A place where people who have…


It’s not what you’d expect

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“Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.” Robert Waldinger

More than 80 years ago, Harvard Medical School launched a series of studies on Adult Development, aiming to give an answer to one of the eternal questions, “What makes us happy?”

Is it money? Does living a wealthy life add to our happiness?

Is it fame and glory? Does being famous solve all our problems and pave the way to a happy life?

The answer is not what you might think and surely, researchers didn’t expect the following results at all.

The study started in 1938, during the decade of…


And a practical way to overcome social anxiety

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For those who don’t know me as a person (or maybe you do), I respond to the characteristics ‘quiet,’ ‘shy,’ ‘introvert.’ While I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, I love being alone as well. It helps me recharge.

I’m not the most social person. If there’s a party on, I prefer staying home reading a good book or watching Casa de Papel (on Netflix). When I attend a meeting at work, I prefer listening and taking notes. If you think you’re going to hear my voice, you’re wrong. …


And tips to overcome the feeling of homesickness

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They call you a foreigner, an immigrant, an expat. You’re distinguished by color, culture and religion. You speak their language with a “funny” accent and, at times, you catch yourself mixing it up with your mother tongue.

You left home for a better life. Apart from the pressure adulthood puts on you, with all the anxieties of getting a fulfilling job, making good friends, and putting your life in order, you’re struggling to feel like home.

You’re looking forward to finding and creating a place which you can call home again.

The truth is that everything has changed. You have…


The black hole of perfectionism

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Kevin studies Engineering at the University of Berkeley in California. He considers himself to be a model student and aims to always have the highest performance.

When he was in school, he enjoyed listening to remarks of admiration from his teachers and his friends’ parents.

He was ‘the best student,’ ‘the cutest son,’ and ‘an amazing and model child.’ His parents were so proud of him.

A decade later, he left his home in Nevada to follow his dream and study at one of the top universities in his field. As a university student, Kevin studies hard, is one of…


And tips that can make the writing process enjoyable

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“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway points out that writers are not perfect, even if we have been writing for a lifetime; we always keep on learning along the way.

The moment we state, “I’m an expert now, I know everything,” that’s it. We are done. Our downfall is almost inevitable.

With that in mind, I decided to share with you my five golden rules and some tips, with the hope that the very same rules which benefit me, will help you too.

Are you ready?

Let’s take…


8 Simple ways to develop your organizational skills and put your life in order

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I love organization.

If you look for the word ‘organization’ in a dictionary, you’ll probably find my picture next to it.

Kidding aside, I consider organization to be a skill that can be mastered by everyone with some time and thought put into it. It can help your everyday life wonders.

The art of organization

What does being organized mean? Why is it so important in our lives?

The meaning of organization lies in the idea of putting things together in a logical order. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it’s ‘how something is planned and arranged’.

Organized is someone who structures and plans one…


Gems of wisdom from brilliant minds

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“But what is the meaning of life?” asked Alice.

“The meaning of life is just to be alive,” he answered.

“It is so plain and so simple. Yet everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” Alan Watts, philosopher

What Alan Watts points out above is that we are lucky to enjoy the gift of life but we still keep on rushing around looking for it. We don’t get to realize that life is already in us. We are life: we breathe, feel and we are enough as we are.

People tend to think about life in two different ways.

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How seven days in a remote village helped me realize what’s important in life

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Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved the convenience of her home, the bustling sounds of the city and all those fantastic computer games she could play on her X-BOX.

However, out of the blue, there came a summer when she was sent to spend her holidays in a faraway village, in the highlands of Greece. …

Sara Tsompanidi

Bookworm | Editor | Globetrotter | Sunseeker Her experiences and adventures feed her inspiration.

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