Category: Thing of the Day

A round-up of the bizarre and brilliant of the web corralled by the University of Portsmouth Library.

We need to talk about prejudice

Today, I would like to take you on a brief exploration of the nature and roots of human prejudice. The evolutionary basis of prejudice Humans have only eight primordial emotions, one of the most powerful of which is disgust.  We

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Truth and the turning wheel of history

There are lies, damn lies, and then there is politics.  Fake news has been around since the dawn of civilisation and has taken flight and caused serious concern more than once in human history.  Crises of authority and the desperate

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How to look out for your mate – an expert guide

Helping a mate or family member when they are low or bereaved can be extremely challenging and there is no easy way to know what (or how much) to say.  What is clear is that when people are very low

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Free digital downloads from the National Archives

During the period that the National Archives at Kew are closed to the public, they are making many of their digital records freely available on their website.  You can register to order and download up to 10 items at no cost,

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Ramadan 2020 during lockdown at the University of Portsmouth

The following letter to Muslim students was written by Dr Amra Bone.  The University Chaplaincy asked that we share it as widely as possible to help ensure it reaches its intended audience. In the name of God, the most Merciful

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23+ wellbeing things. No. 23 – Adopting a more natural routine

Modern life very often ends up with us fighting our own bodies – drugging them with caffeine and working them hard when they are most tired and then forcing them to sit for long periods while they want to be

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23+ wellbeing things. No. 22 – Night and day

As we come to the end of the planned 23 things in this wellbeing series (do tell us if we missed your favourite diversion, wellbeing activity or practice!) I just wanted to revisit some of the fundamentals of sustainable living.

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23+ wellbeing things. No. 21 – Taking a mindful walk indoors

Even if you are self-isolating, you can still take a mindful walk.  If you have a garden with a central tree, shrub or some other focal point, so much the better, but otherwise just find or move something to the

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23+ wellbeing things. No. 20 – Art self-therapy

Like dance and writing, art expresses what is hidden in the mind through the movements of the body, and gives mindful expression to those feelings that are concealed in the body.  Getting creative can reduce stress levels and improve concentration,

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23+ wellbeing things. No. 19 – Think yourself happy

It is a tenet of existential philosophy that we recreate ourselves moment by moment, and so we are only ever but a moment away from casting aside our habitual upkeep of unhelpful and worrying thoughts and becoming the person we

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