Music Myths: Can music make you smarter? What about happier?

Having spent a weekend doing my best impressions of a noughties teenager at Reading Festival 2017 (leaving me with a neck that can barely move from my flailing attempts at hairography), it’s no surprise that my brain has been percolating on some ideas around music. Because you might be rocking headphones whilst you read this, but does music help with productivity? Does your favourite song really lift your mood? Is it true listening to music can make you smarter? Learn languages faster? Boost your memory? There are dozens of myths about the power of music. Here are some of the ones I find most interesting.

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On Silence & Speaking Up (Or Why Our Voices Matter)

The way we react and talk about trauma has changed thanks to the rise of social media and 24-hr news cycles. Recently, we saw this following the massacre in Orlando, the murder of MP Jo Cox, the EU Referendum more generally. All very different events. All followed by outpourings of grief, condolence, anger, support that went viral and … Continue reading On Silence & Speaking Up (Or Why Our Voices Matter)

You Suck: The Thing About Negative Inner Voices

When most of us think about it - we all have inner voices. Not in a weird, scary way like you might think of certain psychoses. Just in a perfectly normal, everyone-has-them kind of way. However, there can exist a voice in our heads that is simply cruel. One that is critical, defeatist, sneering, vicious. The eternal party pooper of the anxious mind. This blog is about these "inner trolls" and how we can overcome them.

Recline, Refresh, Rethink : 10 thoughts from 10 days on a boat

Holidays. Sweet, sunbright holidays. Glorious free time: carved out of the calendar in pink highlighter, counted down to with glee, finally arriving with a sense of smug satisfaction as you set your out-of-office email and flee for the hills or the sea. Here is an excellent video by my brother about where we went and … Continue reading Recline, Refresh, Rethink : 10 thoughts from 10 days on a boat