Happiness as a Duty
For many years, happiness researchers reported that children in the Netherlands are among the happiest in the world. Like other countries with high happiness scores of their youth the Dutch took pride in these figures. However, as these children grow up this idyll seems to be ruined. Increasing numbers of young adults ask for mental health care or medication against depression, or look for alternative means to increase their wellbeing. How to respond to that?
Mindfulness and overcoming mental habits
The mindfulness movement seems to be everywhere. An accumulating body of evidence suggests widespread benefits of mindfulness ranging from attenuating anxiety and depressive symptoms to increasing creativity and even to diminishing racial biases. Is it possible that mindfulness can have such an extensive variety of effects? And if so, how? This talk will present a psychological model of mindfulness.
The spirit of carpe diem has been hijacked by consumer culture. Cultural philosopher Roman Krznaric calls us to arms: the time has come to seize back the day. It is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history: carpe diem.
Killing Civilians in War
Most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more permissive in a state of war? Killing a person is in general among the most seriously wrongful forms of action, yet most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more permissive in a state of war?
Wie (niet) reist is gek
Reizen heeft benijdenswaardige effecten op onze gesteldheid. Het is dé manier om ons brein soepel te houden, het reikt ons inspiratie en creativiteit aan, haalt vooroordelen onderuit, maakt ons gelukkiger, en verlengt, ten slotte, ons leven. In vliegende vaart en met veel humor voert Ap Dijksterhuis ons mee van India tot de VS, van Ecuador tot Zanzibar, van Birma tot Iran, en van Indonesië tot Egypte.
How to Travel the World with Almost No Money
Many people daydream about traveling the world, but all of them have the same excuse - lack of money. After a career as a stockbroker Tomislav Perko, broke because of the financial crisis, decided to hit the road and turned the world into his home. He uses alternative ways of traveling – hitchhiking, couchsurfing, working/volunteering, and manages to wander around the world with just a little bit of money in his pocket, meeting the most amazing people on the way.
Fear and Security in an Age of Terror
What determines the impact of an act of terror is how society responds to it. The fear of terror can sometimes exact a greater cost to society than its impact. Too often an act of terror incite governments to curb our freedoms on the ground it is necessary to trade-off liberties for security. However the answer to terrorism is to not less but more freedom.
Rode wijn goed voor het hart?
Is Rode wijn gezond? Martijn Katan legt uit hoe complex voedingsadviezen zijn en hoe de voedingswetenschap zich kan vergissen. Matige drinkers leven langer dan geheelonthouders. Dat komt vooral doordat ze minder hartinfarcten krijgen. Mogelijke verklaringen daarvoor zijn: