Courage – Mark Vernon

Courage – Mark Vernon

Introduction - Courage "Who could object to courage? It is celebrated in our greatest myths and stories: Heracles braving his twelve labours; the Amazons inspiring fear in the Greeks; Boudicca…more
Value – Diane Coyle

Value – Diane Coyle

Introduction - Value "Do we value only the things that have a monetary price? Of course not. People put much higher value on the non-monetary, on love, on health and…more
Envy – Mark Vernon

Envy – Mark Vernon

Introduction - Envy "It consumes you from the inside like a worm in your gut. It is as strong as love, though it precipitates anger and hate. It has been…more
Ambition – Oliver James

Ambition – Oliver James

Introduction - Healthy ambition In 1851, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a eulogy for his friend Henry David Thoreau where he respectfully criticised his notoriously independent and self-­determined companion for having…more
Trust – Mark Vernon

Trust – Mark Vernon

1. Trust and betrayal "I imagine that most people would say trust is a good idea, even essential. Until they have to trust someone with something that truly matters -…more
Love – Susan Quilliam

Love – Susan Quilliam

1. What do we mean by 'Falling in Love'? '"All you need is love .. .' The Beatles' song could well be true. Love - romantic love - is perhaps the…more
Decisions – Noreena Hertz

Decisions – Noreena Hertz

1. Decisions decisions.... We make 10,000 decisions every day, 227 just about food. Whilst it doesn't matter if we order a cappuccino or a latte, getting a high-stakes decision right -…more
Family – Alain de Botton

Family – Alain de Botton

1. A platonic vision of the family About 2,400 years ago, the philosopher Plato surveyed the state of Athenian family relationships and came to a distinctive conclusion. To leave children with their…more
Legacy – John Armstrong

Legacy – John Armstrong

Introduction - Legacy A legacy in its precise legal sense is a gift, usually of money, left in a will. But it has also acquired a larger -and very important…more