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Unbroken broker: Amanda Staveley

    While her father was an influential part of Amanda Staveley’s life, she spent much of her formative years with her grandparents in and around Yorkshire. Her maternal grandfather owned a betting shop, making good, if not exactly clean money. Staveley has surmised though that she learned most of everything she knows about business […]

We Support: The Children’s Trust

The Best You backs worthy causes that support our community The Children’s Trust is a UK charity for children with complex disabilities. The Trust helps children from all over the country and is probably best known for providing rehabilitation and support to children who have suffered a brain injury after a tragic accident or serious […]

Power to you!

The Best You brings you more eco-friendly tips you can use to help the environment and save money too! This month, we’re talking about saving electricity. In the developed world we take electricity for granted. From first thing in the morning when the alarm clock goes off, boiling the kettle to make that first cup […]

Porn, Politics, and Bicycles: Choice and Happiness by Erik Crouch

Erik Crouch, writer for Shangaiist.com, a popular English-language website covering Chinese news, culture and politics investigates how China manages choice and individualism in the internet age.   Central to the idea of happiness in the West is the idea that we choose our destinies. Choice makes us individuals, and through realizing our individualism we become […]

A habit up in smoke by Ali Campbell

You may have heard it said that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to humankind. If you’re a smoker, the time to quit is now because as Ali Campbell, world leading life coach, points out, you CAN do it. The human brain, and especially the subconscious mind, is capable of so much […]

Rocky road to success, Michelle Obama: Balancing home and politics

  Born in 1964 the daughter of a water plant employee and homemaker, Michelle grew up in a small apartment with her family in Chicago. As a student she demonstrated in favour of hiring professors from minorities. Later, working for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, she helped low-income tenants with housing cases. Working in law, […]

Nelson Mandela: A burning sense of justice

    Nelson Mandela is one of the world’s great figures in the struggle for racial equality and for the dignified treatment of all people. His long journey in life has been driven by a burning sense of justice. Born a member of the Thembu royal family in 1918, Mandela studied law at university and […]

Amelia Earhart – A unique pioneer

  Born in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, to wealthy parents, Amelia was raised by a mother opposed to moulding her children into “nice little girls”. She took her first flying lesson in 1921 and saved up to buy her first plane, a bright yellow biplane she named “Canary”, which she used to set her first […]

Dr Roger Bannister: Belief beyond limits

  On May 6 1954, British runner Dr Roger Bannister ran a mile in three minutes 59.4 seconds. He was the first human being to run the mile in under four minutes. It was a record that changed what people thought was possible. Born in 1929, Bannister’s early inspiration was Sydney Wooderson, who made a […]

Sheryl Sandberg – Leading Lady

Ruthless, the new face of feminism, role model. Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, has been called many things, some positive, some critical. The Best You looks at the career of this powerful woman, and asks how women can also get to sit at the table with the men. Born in 1969 in Washington DC Sandberg from […]

Laughing all the way to the bank

With the economy in the state it’s in and the banks refusing to lend money to people, no matter their credit rating, Dave Fishwick was convinced he could do a better job than the high street banks. The Best You finds out how it went.   Dave Fishwick, a minibus salesman from Burnley, England, and […]

For a healthy heart

The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one heart charity. They are pretty much a household name, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need our help. This month they are hosting the London Runs, so if you’re in London in May, get active and help save lives. Coronary heart disease is the single biggest […]

Seasonal Superfoods by Angela Steel

With spring here at last after a shiveringly long winter comes a plethora of interesting and colourful fruits and vegetables on the supermarket shelves that aren’t only great to eat, but can really help us shake off the winter blues and do our bodies some good, too. Nutritional therapist Angela Steel gives us some guidance […]

Sasha Wilkins – Taking liberties by Zane Henry

Meet Sasha Wilkins, whom you may know better as Liberty London Girl: journalist, blogger, editor, broadcaster, media consultant and business owner. Zane Henry, writer, editor and networker extraordinaire, got to know her a little better.   She is the name and face behind media brand LLG Media and social media consultancy business LLGConsults. She is […]

Bottling magnetism by Fiona Thompson

The charmed ones. The superstars. The lucky few. Call them what you like, but it’s clear that some people attract positivity while others struggle to get through each day. Fiona Thompson, former banker and current leadership expert and entrepreneur, tells us that we can all be superstars. You know the type of person. The woman […]

The power of nice by Jo Haigh

Some people think that being rude and unapproachable is part and parcel of being a success. Jo Haigh disproves that theory. Has it ever been tougher out there in the big bad business world? Well certainly not in my memories. I have noticed how some people are reacting to this economic turmoil and, frankly, it’s […]

The silent killer

Suicide is the biggest killer amongst men aged 18 to 35 with 4,500 men taking their own lives yearly. What causes this trend, and what can be done to put an end to these horrific statistics? The Best You investigates. In 2012 in England and Wales, YouGov carried out a survey for Campaign Against Living […]

A-la-la-la Zumba by The Best You

The Latin dance / fitness craze of Zumba has taken the world by storm. So how did it start and what does it involve? The Best You reports.   We are told that a great memory will help us get on in life, but the story of Zumba shows how being forgetful and able to […]

When you’re smiling

This year National Smile Month takes place from 20 May to 20 June and is the UK’s largest oral health campaign. It gives us the opportunity to learn more about why looking after your pearly whites is so very, very important. Although it’s called National Smile Month, there is a serious issue behind it. Poor […]

How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

Although Sherlock Holmes isn’t real, his insights into the human mind do more to teach us about how we do think and how we should think than many conventional sources. Maria Konnikova, author of the recently published book How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes tells us what we can all learn from “the world’s only […]

Makes good scents by Penny Price

A world-leading aromatherapy association is making it easier for serious enthusiasts and those wanting a career in the field to join. Penny Price lets us know the perks. The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists has launched an online service, allowing health enthusiasts to become non-practising members. Professional practitioners and students can also use the online […]

Tarot – giving you the edge in business by Anne Jirsch

Tarot readings may conjure up images of old ladies in veils surrounded by candles, velvet and crystal balls, but Anne Jirsch, who has been a tarot consultant for over 28 years, reckons it can be used in a practical fashion as well.   I had my first tarot reading over 40 years ago. A friend […]

Who Is The Man? Bill Curbishley

Bill Curbishley has led the most amazing life. Promoter and manager for The Who and Led Zeppelin, a film producer of such classics as Tommy and Quadrophenia and a man who mixes with the elite in society, his stories and experiences could fill a library, let alone a magazine article. With his background very similar […]

The Midas Touch: an interview with Jacqueline Gold

The Best You chats to the woman behind Ann Summers, Jacqueline Gold, about challenges in the business world and whether or not the modern woman can ‘have it all’.   Powerful, immaculate and full of self-belief, Jacqueline Gold is an inspiration to women all over the UK. She may have the demeanour of someone who […]

So, it’s officially over by Bernardo Moya

I was lucky enough to have spent my early years being brought up in Spain, and I can tell you one thing for sure: in Spain you don’t normally talk about the weather! It’s sunny. It’s lovely. So there’s not much to talk about. When I was younger, I never understood why people in this […]