Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

How much more space do Americans have than they did 50 years ago? Is this enough? What $22 billion industry has been created as a result of all this stuff?
What have been the 3 main consequences of people collecting more things?
What examples are given of times when 'less is more'? What are the advantages?
What are the advantages of having less stuff and a smaller living space?
What 3 pieces of advice does he give?
What do you think of his apartment? would you like to live in a similar space?


Find out some basic information about Starbucks eg. when/where it started, how many outlets they have
What are some controversies around Starbucks?

watch and take notes:

Candy Chang 'Before I Die I Want To..."

watch: Randy Pausch

listen to a recent news story about this successful company

How is the company adapting to become more successful?
What's your opinion?

watch one of the youtube videos on the secret of success

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Carl Honore: In praise of slowness

listen twice in order to take detailed notes and answer the questions:

What examples are given of how we're obsessed with speed?
What are some consequences of this?
What personal anecdotes does the speaker give?
What 2 questions did he ask himself?
What is the attitude to time in the West?
How can we break free of this?
What are some advantages of slowing down?
What are some aspects of the 'International Slow Movement'? Choose one to describe in detail.
Why is it hard to slow down?
How has the speaker's life changed as a result of slowing down?


week 6


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listen and take notes

What causes and solutions do people mention?


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listen and take notes: what makes people angry?
try this quiz about anger!;quiz=1443_feeling_angry


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listen and take notes

What are the consequences of not getting enough sleep?

Why do we sleep?

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Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance

watch the lecture (twice)

take notes of the main points and be prepared to summarise the lecture (speaking and writing)
also, think about whether this is helpful advice

listen and answer the questions.

What products have been relabelled? Why?
What is vanity sizing?
What experiment was done using cookies?
What are the problems of this relabelling?

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness

watch: Gaming Can Make a Better World



do some research on the causes,symptoms and treatments for depression
here are some useful websites
some statistics about depression
or watch this on youtube (music is not recommended)