Team spirit – What causes it?

team spirit

By Stephen Russell-Lacy Watching the matches in the FIFA world cup, I notice that the national line-ups apparently vary as to team spirit. You might wonder why this matters. Why is team spirit important? What brings it about? And what hinders it?   Sweden’s team spirit After eliminating very good teams, Holland and Italy in … Continue reading Team spirit – What causes it?

Enthusiasm – How to find it?


How keen are you to get up in the morning and follow your ordinary day? Have you the enthusiasm needed to do what is fulfilling and good? “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher) With inspiration, and the enthusiasm that goes along with it, we have energy for living life to … Continue reading Enthusiasm – How to find it?

Disappointment: a blessing in disguise?


The disappointing terrorist attack of 9/11 was clearly not a blessing in disguise. Evil got its way and many people were very badly physically and emotionally hurt. Nor in any conceivable way can many a disappointing setback be described as a piece of good fortune even if tiny morsels of something positive might be salvaged … Continue reading Disappointment: a blessing in disguise?

The amazing human spirit


Dawn Faizey Webster when aged 30 had a stroke that left her paralysed in almost all the muscles of the body apart from eyes. She was unable to speak. When aged 38 however she embarked on a degree in ancient history working on a laptop that translates her eye movements into text writing no more … Continue reading The amazing human spirit

What do you want to do before you die?

Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton has incurable cancer. “I was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2010. I then have had periods of remission and relapse, before doctors eventually described my disease as incurable in November 2012.” In 2012 he wrote a list of things he wanted to do before he dies. It consisted of 46 items … Continue reading What do you want to do before you die?

How is life for you?


Do you have meaningful social connections so that you get pleasure from spending time with people? How satisfied are you with your life as a whole? The How’s Life? report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is concerned with 11 aspects of well-being including social connection and life satisfaction across 36 countries. … Continue reading How is life for you?

Inspiration — How can I get inspired?


Sports fans are enthralled when they happen to witness something special – a great solo run, a penetrating pass, or a brilliant shot at goal from a seemingly impossible angle. The player has had an inspired moment which takes your breath away. Brilliant insight can also take place in science, like when Archimedes jumped from … Continue reading Inspiration — How can I get inspired?

How do I find meaning and purpose for my life?

Meaning and purpose

A meaning and purpose for one’s life can be hard to find. According to legend, a prince was deeply agitated. He couldn’t make sense of the human affliction he witnessed outside the palace where he had led a sheltered life. His father the king had surrounded the boy with every worldly pleasure and kept him … Continue reading How do I find meaning and purpose for my life?