Emma Leaning

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The present moment: Why mindfulness is more important than ever - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

The present moment: Why mindfulness is more important than ever

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk who helped bring mindfulness to the West, has died. I spoke to clinical psychologist Laura Ruesjas-Lukasik about mindfulness and why it matters.
Dear Santa: a word about your performance - China Opinion
Opinion

Dear Santa: a word about your performance

Santa, I need to go home. Not forever, god no! Just for a bit.
The happiest season of all (and how to survive it) - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

The happiest season of all (and how to survive it)

Difficulties at Christmas affect more of us than you might think, which is why I asked five mental health professionals about the "happiest season of all" (and how to survive it).
Christmas miracle: Gifts from Shanghai's inspiring entrepreneurs - China Opinion
Opinion

Christmas miracle: Gifts from Shanghai's inspiring entrepreneurs

Swapping sock-shaped bags full of gifts is the best bit of Christmas morning. Here are a few stocking fillers under 200 yuan, made by some of Shanghai's inspiring entrepreneurs.
What men in our community want you to know about mental health - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

What men in our community want you to know about mental health

Talking about mental health is hard. For men in particular, society doesn't make space to express inner struggle. Here's what some of the men in our community want you to know.
A very British Thanksgiving in Shanghai - China Opinion
Opinion

A very British Thanksgiving in Shanghai

Next week is Thanksgiving. As a Brit, the fourth Thursday in November means as much to me as any other date. But it matters to many people in our international community.
Seriously, shut up about your first-world issues - China Opinion
Opinion

Seriously, shut up about your first-world issues

Mankind (and its misery) being split into three dates to the 1950s. Until now I've found the phrase kind of funny. But lately, I've got several problems with first-world issues.
Thank moo: Depression and why a cow is the best gift you'll ever give - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Thank moo: Depression and why a cow is the best gift you'll ever give

"The cow, doctors explained to Summerfield, was an antidepressant." When the cause of depression goes deeper than chemistry, so too must the cure.
Why letting go feels really good - China Opinion
Opinion

Why letting go feels really good

When people find the power to behave gracefully toward unthinkable acts, surely I can excuse menial crimes like being picked on or dumped via text.
Why didn't you just leave? The question killing victims of domestic abuse - China Opinion
Opinion

Why didn't you just leave? The question killing victims of domestic abuse

With domestic abuse, there's one question that stands out: Why didn't you just leave? I spoke with a survivor; the smartest, strongest, most inspiring person I know: my mom.
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