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What does it take to be a policeman?

  Part of being the best you can be is focusing on what it takes to get there. We’re continuing the “What does it take…?” column, which looks at this aspect of being the best. This month, we’re chatting with London City policeman A. Hoffman.   How do you become a policeman? A written application […]

To thine own self be true by Anne Mulliner

  As the year draws to a close, you might be reflecting on your inner peace and happiness and be keen to make 2015 a year of attitude adjustment. Anne Mulliner has some great tips for doing this.   As the nights close in and the temperature drops, many people find themselves feeling melancholy, restless […]

Their inspirational stories

  There are so many challenges in the world, and this month aims to bring about awareness for three of them: men’s health, diabetes and bullying. We have three amazing survival stories from people who have overcome these challenges.   Ben Bower Two-time cancer survivor, London Back in 2006I had a bit of pain and […]

What does it take to be a nurse?

  Part of being the best you can be is focusing on what it takes to get there. We’re continuing the “What does it take…?” column, which looks at this aspect of being the best. This month, we’re chatting with A&E nurse Charlotte Jaye.   How do you become a nurse? Training is now a […]

Meaning means everything by Jim Aitkins

  Jim Aitkins is an American writer who is still learning all about life. He finds that learning goes great with a small dose of humour, and we tend to agree. This month, he looks at the associations of words, feelings and spaghetti.   As an American, I am fascinated by some of the differences […]

What does it take to be a director?

  Part of being the best you can be is focusing on what it takes to get there. We’re continuing the “What does it take…?” column, which looks at this aspect of being the best. This month, we’re chatting with award-winning director Lisa Gifford.   How do you become a director? For anyone who isn’t […]

The Zen of motorcar racing by Stephen Simpson

In this edited extract from his book, The $447 Million Secrets Of Sport, top mind coach Dr. Stephen Simpson examines the mental qualities that separate Spanish F1 racing driver Fernando Alonso from the pack.   Alonso has won the coveted World Championship on two consecutive occasions. He was the youngest driver to achieve this honour, […]

Conscious Uncoupling by Janet Murray

    Had you heard of ‘conscious uncoupling’ before Gwyneth Paltrow used it to describe her split from her husband Chris Martin on her Goop website recently? Janet Murray bets you hadn’t.   Splitting up and getting divorced is one of those things in life that nobody expects. It can have a devastating impact on […]

What does it take to be a transcriber? by Catherine Bennett

  The Art of Transcription Some years ago, I had a colleague who dictated all of his letters and documents onto tape for me to type up. When mini cassettes were introduced, he saw this as a wonderful opportunity to carry a recorder with him at all times so’s to be ready to dictate whenever […]

Just writing my name by Rustum Carelse

 There are many reasons why Rustum Carelse started writing graffiti. Most can be attributed to juvenile curiosity. As a teenager, seeing pieces on the highway intrigued him, and he wanted to know the story and techniques behind them.   To this day I’m still not completely sure why I write. Part rebellion, part self-expression, without […]

Leave your divorce in 2013 by Sara Davison

  With any relationship break up there is heartache and pain. Some splits are more manageable than others and some people cope better than others but even then there will be dark times. Sara Davison lets us know how to get past the pain.   Getting divorced can mean a lot of change in your while […]

The 10 Things You Need To Be An Ambassador by The Best You

  Part of being the best you can be is focussing on what it takes to get there. That’s why we are introducing a new feature this year looking at this aspect of being the best. We start off with Allan Banford chatting to the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, H.E Ana Irene Delgado. […]

How to Appreciate Life Again by Dennis Do

  Depending on people all the time is like re-election season—candidates are everywhere to annoy you until you vote for them.   The reality of all this is that, the more frequently these annoying candidates pop up, the less chance they have of us actually voting for them. And the reality of relying on people […]

Proudly British

  The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, sponsored by Lidl, is back and bigger than ever. Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the annual glittering ceremony marked its 15th year with a star-studded gala at the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane.   The Daily Mirror’s 15th annual Pride of Britain Awards is a unique night […]

What is Vitality? by Kristen White

  A unique blend of physician, filmmaker and monk, Dr. Pedram Shojai, is searching for truth, specifically the truth about your health. Kristen White chats to him and finds it’s never too late to make a U-turn into the direction of true health.   Dr. Pedram Shojai spent four years as a Toaist monk and […]

8 top tips For You AND Your teens, part two

  Kate Benson continues her article on getting the best from the parent-teen relationship. In my last article I gave 4 tips each for both teens and parents to improve their relationship. These tips were: relax remember who’s who keep up, slow down stay connected and keep the freedom. It’s just a matter of making […]

Modern Family by The Best You

  Perceptions of the family unit have changed a lot since the nuclear family heyday of the 1950s, and the transition is giving us something far more interesting. The Best You investigates some of the modern family archetypes.     “When I was younger, like most kids from interracial and / or gay adoptions, I […]

8 Top Tips For You And Your Teens

  Kate Benson has years of coaching, mentoring and being a mother and grandmother. Her courses on parenting and teaching give her the opportunity to really address the fundamentals of the parent-child relationship. In Part One of her article on getting the best out of your family, she gives 8 immediately useful tips – 4 […]

She Found Happiness And Can Show You How Too by The Best You

  The author of the “How Happy Is…” series, Sophie Keller, talks to the Best You about life, happiness and getting over the things that get you down. With a unique format, each How Happy is… title begins with a probing, but fun quiz that gets to the heart of the matter in determining just […]

Master Your Goals In 2013

  An inspirational speaker, author and teacher, Brian Mayne, creator of the world-leading achievement system ‘Goal Mapping’, shares his experience on how you should start off 2013 … The New year is here and it’s the perfect time for setting goals. goal-setting is actually something that everyone does all the time, but don’t know they […]

How to make (and keep) friends! by The Best You

When we are little kids, we never seemed to have problems making friends. And while we still remember how important friendship is as we grow older, we tend to forget how to find new ones and retain the ones we already have. Here are some tips from The Best You to do just that…   […]

Which Celebrity Relationship Are You? by Ali Campbell

  1. It’s Friday night and your man calls you from work saying his meeting ran late and he’s not going to make the film you were planning to see, do you: a. Drive to his office and sit outside the meeting until he is done. b. Take another guy friend, to teach him a […]

Are we good friends by Bernardo Moya

  I wonder in these moments of “change and new times” – are we losing the value of friendship? I have asked a few people recently and I do wonder if we are spending enough time talking, caring, nurturing, appreciating and helping our friends. Do you value yours enough? Are you losing friends? I mean […]