Category Archives: Research

The push and pull of an all-consuming life

Do you ever get the sense that we live in a culture of gratification that says we should submit to our every whim, while at the same time demands we disavow our desires? On one hand, Nigella tells us that … Continue reading

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Resistance is (mostly) futile: How buying nothing is harder than it looks (especially at Christmas time)

While there are thousands of people all over the world taking part in the “Buy Nothing” movement, along with a whole range of other groups of people doing what they can to reduce consumption, resistance to commerce is nothing new. The … Continue reading

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Coco-Pops gets two stars; Just like a chocolate milk shake would…

Coco Pops has received two stars in the voluntary health star rating system, but don’t expect a huge change in buying patterns, at least in the short-term. Sales may even increase slightly, because it is likely that most people already know … Continue reading

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Obesity, health star ratings and the nanny state

A quick question: How many kilojoules have you consumed so far today? Even an estimate will do. Most of us wouldn’t have a clue. Continue reading

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Cost of living getting you down? It depends how you look at it

The relationship between having a lot of money and life happiness and satisfaction is surprisingly weak. And having a high income, doesn’t mean that you think that having more money wouldn’t make you happier. Continue reading

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Plain packs don’t drive smokers to buy cheap imports

Plain packaging has not driven smokers to buy cheap imports or illicit tobacco, or to favour discount retailers over corner stores, a study published today in the journal BMJ Open has found. This puts to bed claims by tobacco companies that … Continue reading

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Shiny, happy people having fun

It might seem obvious, but spending time with your friends is a pretty good way to get happy. But, some clever researchers from the University of Milan Bicocca, Italy, have found a way to put a monetary value on time … Continue reading

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