A Cinderella story unlike any other

Just another Tuesday, with snow in the air. But for a young lady named Lisa, this November Tuesday is anything but ordinary. This is the day her wish will come true. Lisa is the fourth wish child of Make-A-Wish ®Luxembourg, an organisation granting the wishes of children with life threatening conditions. Esch-sur-Alzette, 11.00: A stretched […]

Where everybody knows your name

Many of us love to meet for a cup of coffee and a chat, or bring our book and enjoy the background buzz of a nice, warm café. We live in a café society. In the brand new book Café Society, sociology professors Tjora and Scambler present research on café culture. They feel the café […]

And so it wasn’t the end of the world

The US government shutdown finally ended last week after sixteen days of interparty squabbling. However, considering there is no debt ceiling in place, there is the potential for another shutdown come February of next year. Even so, what’s it all mean to the regular folk who punch the proverbial clock day in and day out? […]

Reggae’s not for runners

Do you walk or run listening to music? Then don’t pick reggae or jazz – at least not if you want to walk or run faster. Instead, try speeding up to music you don’t really like. This may seem like an odd piece of advice, but a survey done by Belgian researchers, published in the scientific […]

Free & flexible learning a few clicks away

“A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” This is the ambitious goal of the free online Khan Academy, and since it was founded in 2008, the academy has delivered over 280 million online lessons to learners all over the world. When Salman Khan started tutoring his younger cousins in math, it was long distance. He […]

Tea with Rapunzel

Her name is Fabiana. She is seven years old. She has a life threatening disease. She had a dream, and it just came true.

Better Life Index

Today, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) launched its Better Life Index for 2013, ranking 36 countries based on focus areas considered essential for well-being. Luxembourg is number 14. “Our Better Life Index goes beyond the cold, hard numbers of GDP to really get an understanding about what matters for people and about […]

The lift-my-spirits playlist

Most of us have experienced how music can turn our mood around in a matter of seconds. Usually we’re talking bad mood and happy music, but equally, most of us will also remember how we as heartbroken teenagers – or thirty-somethings – would dive into sentimental ballads so we could feel even sorrier for ourselves […]

Day of Happiness

Today is the first United Nations International Happiness Day. The 193 member countries have adopted a resolution to prioritize happiness, and they want your contribution. Today is a good day to start. The UN sees a global attitude change: “People are now recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just […]

Bilingualism sharpens your brain

Tiny Luxembourg can hardly be seen on a world map, yet illustrates perfectly the world today with more people speaking two or more languages than one. Expats arriving in Luxembourg quickly discover how well they can get by in English, French or German, and they marvel at how easily Luxembourgers switch between three or four languages […]