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65. How to Really Live

A number of years ago I worked with a woman called Angela. One day she came into work, 'I've had the most traumatic weekend,' she said, 'I suddenly realized that one day I am going to die'. I must have looked unimpressed because she said, 'no, really, really die!' Sometimes it hits you, mostly it doesn't. Mostly we live our lives as if we're going to live forever, and while this is undoubtedly a useful mechanism that stops us from worrying about death all the time, our lives may actually be the poorer for it. This week's tip explores how a greater appreciation of our mortality might actually improve our lives. On the BBC's Horizon programme recently they reported a piece of research

64. Reclaim Your Energy

Energy is something we'd all like more of, and yet we don't always expend it wisely. This week's tip is about one of the ways we waste our energy, and some thoughts on how to reclaim it. When I was at primary school I had a teacher who taught history out of a large picture book. On one side of each double page spread there would be a story from British history, on the other side an artist's impression. A tale I remember with great clarity is that of King Canute. Canute, for those whose education failed them in this particular regard, was a medieval king of England and a few other countries thrown in. He was surrounded, as powerful people often are, by sycophants, whose constant flattery