In the pursuit of happiness, one of the hardest concepts to get our head around is the fact that happiness is an inside job, with the sole responsibility of happiness is within us rather than dependent on other people or external factors. I know people say ‘happiness is a choice’, but how many of us really chose to be happy? Isn’t it easier to blame others/ events / weather for our unhappiness rather than admit we are unhappy because we choose to be?! For me, it was one thing knowing that whether I am happy or sad depended entirely on me and actually doing something about it! Doing something about it, turns out to be quite simple; and it was all in my head![...] Read more...

Philanthropy
By Kieran Arasaratnam

Technology as a path to empowerment

I never felt so powerless as the day my brother was killed. I was twelve. As a Tamil boy growing up in war-torn Sri Lanka, violenc [...]

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Motivation
By Kieran Arasaratnam

Why Giving Is Good For You: And I’m Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

As I take a short break from my career, the power of giving is very much on my mind. Particularly as I prepare for this summer’s [...]

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Motivation
By Rafael Sarandeses

Social media is fooling you: greatness is NOT the norm. It’s the exception

Barcelona, 29th September, 2002. Telefonica World Series by Nissan (pre-F1 racing category). Warm-up session on race day. As I dri [...]

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Motivation
By Kieran Arasaratnam

5 Lessons I Learned in 2017

People who think big allow you to expand. You cannot put your hand into a pot of glue without some of it sticking and likewise you [...]

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Motivation
By Shayan Mehdi

5 Reasons Why it’s Going to be Alright

Life has a pretentious way of throwing curve balls at us. Some days we’re elated & feeling on top of the world and other day [...]

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Motivation
By Shayan Mehdi

5 ways to treat anxiety & depression

Life is indeed an interesting journey. One day you may be on top of the world and the next you may be scraping by at the bottom of [...]

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Motivation
By Shaz Khan

Be a helper. Inspire someone. Empower their soul.

You know what’s really tough? Loving people for who they are. Not for who we want them to be. Not for who we think they can be. [...]

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Motivation
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Warning: you do have one superpower. This is how you can use it

Now, get ready and leave home to do whatever you normally do. Feeling it yet? Real ownership is one of the most empowering feeling [...]

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Motivation
By Kieran Arasaratnam

Technology that isn’t just for the privileged few

Look back at the last decade and ask yourself: has the digital revolution made us better? Has social media made you a better frien [...]

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Motivation
By Shaz Khan

Be a warrior. Life is tough.

People think I have my life together. Guess what? I don’t. Being perceived as great (in a highly constructed reality you’ve cr [...]

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Motivation
By Shaz Khan

Your Soulmate Will Destroy ‘You’

When you hear the word soulmate, you probably think of some unexpected, perfect, just-like-you match that comes into your life one [...]

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Motivation
By Kieran Arasaratnam

Can we hack poverty?

Financial inclusion and financial technology — or fintech — are the two big buzz phrases in banking right now, and for [...]

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Inspiring Stories
By Kieran Arasaratnam

The Brexit fallout threatens one of UK’s greatest assets

The referendum result has given rise to more division and xenophobia in Britain. We must not let this undermine the UK’s culture [...]

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Inspiring Stories
By Kieran Arasaratnam

Shared Dreams: The start of a real adventure…

Next month 25 young people will be making a life-changing decision when they get on a plane to Sri Lanka. This cohort of bright in [...]

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Inspiring Stories
By Gurbaksh Chahal

The Most Beautiful People

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have [...]

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Inspiring Stories
By Kieran Arasaratnam

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There are few people that embody the ideals of “self-determination” and “empowerment” more completely than Leila Janah, wh [...]

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Inspiring Stories
By Laurie Parma

If you think you're not [insert reason] enough to do yoga

The only aim of yoga is to practice mind-body awareness. The outcome of which is presence, relaxation and comfort in both mind and [...]

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Inspiring Stories
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Confirmation Bias - Selective Blindness in Action.

The goal of the confirmation bias is to spot and bring up to attention familiar or endorsed knowledge. It’s our built-in ‘want [...]

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Inspiring Stories
By Rafael Sarandeses

Are you really taking note of your big life lessons? These are my hard earned 38.

Change is very difficult to embrace. On the one hand, everything around you is actually designed so that you don’t change. Peopl [...]

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Inspiring Stories
By Kieran Arasaratnam

The Rohingya crisis is not an isolated tragedy – it’s the shape of things to come

The plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya people is a sad and familiar story. For months now, our news feeds have been clogged with incre [...]

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