Emma Leaning

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Appy days: Zen inducing apps for calm commutes - China Opinion
Opinion

Appy days: Zen inducing apps for calm commutes

A challenge of big-city living is getting from A to B. Whether you ride or walk, apps can be a useful way to get between places in good spirits.
The kindness problem: an olive branch to shoddy waitresses everywhere - China Opinion
Opinion

The kindness problem: an olive branch to shoddy waitresses everywhere

We all know kindness is a virtue, and we're all as decent as we can be in any given moment, right? Wrong. What's our problem?
Dry January, I'll drink to that: a positive piece about alcohol - China Opinion
Opinion

Dry January, I'll drink to that: a positive piece about alcohol

Dry January is a phenomenon that's grown in popularity, the idea being to kick-start a healthy new year by abstaining from alcohol for a month. In 2021, I have no such inclination.
Don't read this! Stepping out from the shadow of shame - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Don't read this! Stepping out from the shadow of shame

Shame is associated with addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, suicide, and violence. You'll know shame if you've felt it; and unless you're a sociopath, you have.
Resolutions without remorse: a revealing conversation with Shanghai's dream coach - China Opinion
Opinion

Resolutions without remorse: a revealing conversation with Shanghai's dream coach

The trouble with "new year, new you" is no matter the resolution or drive to fulfill it, you're still ... you. I call dream coach Fionn Wright to talk resolutions without remorse.
No Second Fiddle: Celebrating Shanghai's lesser-known gems - China Opinion
Opinion

No Second Fiddle: Celebrating Shanghai's lesser-known gems

One thing's for sure: Boxing Day is not the main event. And nobody likes to play second fiddle.This Boxing Day, we're celebrating some of Shanghai's lesser-known gems.
Step into Christmas: Gratitude drives the festive spirit in Shanghai - China In Focus News
In Focus

Step into Christmas: Gratitude drives the festive spirit in Shanghai

Christmas this year will necessarily be different, thanks to COVID-19. And Shanghai's international community is doing its best to give in the festive spirit.
Christmas under COVID-19: How to celebrate and why you should - China Opinion
Opinion

Christmas under COVID-19: How to celebrate and why you should

At a time of traditions, reunions and merriment, what might Christmas under the chilly blanket of COVID-19 look like?
Shanghai's surprising answer to Martha Stewart and the gift of saying: 'Yes' - China Opinion
Opinion

Shanghai's surprising answer to Martha Stewart and the gift of saying: 'Yes'

Nurturing friendships and tending roots comes with the expatriate territory. Despite the fragility of it all, we work hard to cultivate homes-from-home.
Christmas shopping in Shanghai: Why a cow might be the most vital gift you give this year - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Christmas shopping in Shanghai: Why a cow might be the most vital gift you give this year

While chemical antidepressants give considerable relief to some, when the causes of depression go deeper than chemical imbalance, so too must the cure.
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