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Angelina Jolie “My dream is to work with my kids in the future”

A ngelina Jolie has rebounded from her difficult split from Brad Pitt with a mix of resilience and regret. Being a single mother of six children would be difficult under any circumstances, and she doesn’t hide her discomfort in the wake of her filing for divorce from Pitt after 12 years together.

‘I don’t enjoy it. It’s not something I wanted. There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard’, she said, while promoting her film as a director, First They Killed My Father, a story about a Cambodian family’s struggle to escape the genocidal slaughter carried out during the Khmer Rouge’s notorious 1975-79 reign of terror.

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This month we’re exploring how to truly have a happy Christmas. If you don’t have any religious beliefs, the holidays can be rather become a meaningless glut of overconsumption and commercialism, but this issue will help you explore how to create a different experience for you, your friends and family this year. And often it’s about kindness. Our interview with June Sapong explores how we can use kindness in our everyday lives to make the world a better place. One of our own relays her experience of finding the bravery and courage to start dating again. When a relationship goes sour, it’s normal to lick your wounds for a bit but how do we begin to heal and have the courage to be vulnerable and get back out there again? Ellen Tout takes us on that journey. Natalie Hourihan explores ‘creativism’ with author and entrepreneur Orna Ross and shows us how to connect with our ‘creative intelligence’ so we can design a life that works for us on our terms. The good news we all have access to this intelligence, we just need to know how to harness it!

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We’re all so busy cringing about asking for the pay rise we deserve, we allow our self-esteem to sink into the red, too. Time to re-evaluate, says Harriet Minter
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Whether it’s a screeching car alarm or someone cracking their knuckles on the bus, life can be irritating. But it doesn’t have to be, says author Laura Lee…
Oliver Burkeman asks you to consider how you come across to others, and how you might improve the impression you give
How do you design the life you want? Nathalie Hourihan explores how ‘creativism’, which utilises our innate creativity to solve problems, can help
We are all capable of so much more than we think, writes bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur Sháá Wasmund MBE
If you’ve had your fingers burned in the past, a new romance can be scary. How can you be sure you are not going to make the same mistakes? Ellen Tout finds out
Our psychotherapy service helps you match up with your ideal therapist – to support you through life’s ups and downs, and teach you to be your best self
The TV presenter and broadcaster has written a book, Diversify, that may prove to be our handbook to negotiate these troubled times. Here, she speaks about the inspiration behind her writing, and what really matters to her
Renovation aficionados Jackie and Paul Garrett chose a challenging project with their Cornwall cottage, but managed to create a light-filled, comfortable retreat
Building on the success of the Stillness Retreat, NOW Live Events, in partnership with Psychologies and West Lexham, are delighted to host our Inner Peace Retreat – finding tranquillity in your daily life
Our award-winning coach Kim Morgan gives advice to one women who is a non-stop fretter and in desperate need of some perspective
Are traits like sociability and conscientiousness fixed through life? Experts used to think so but, as psychologist Meg Arroll discovers, new research shows we are more adaptable than we previously thought
Our agony aunt, Mary Fenwick, offers a new perspective on whatever is troubling you
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If you don’t have strong religious beliefs, and Christmas
Is it possible to have a better, richer celebration than ever before? Ali Roff investigates ways to cultivate a deeper, more mindful festive period, and say goodbye to the pressure and panic of the past
Could drawing on the principles of an ancient Japanese value to live by, encapsulated in a word we have no direct translation for – ikigai – create a happier, healthier, more fulfilling, meaningful festive break?
Imagine a Christmas where you decide what you want – and make sure that you receive it…It’s not about material things, says Eleanor Tucker, it’s about feeling that you’re entitled to get what you need, without being shortchanged in your bid to please others
Three women tell us how they reinvented Christmas, on the home and work fronts, by changing their mindset
Navigate your way smartly around these common pitfalls, just lying in wait to trip us up and make us feel mopey, not merry
The festive season should feel like the most wonderful time of the year. If it’s lost its sparkle for you, take our test to find out what you need to make it feel special again
We love that Christmas is a time for giving, but in the midst of all the Yuletide cheer, we sometimes forget to take a moment to nurture our own wellbeing and value life’s small joys. With a bit of help from Etsy, we select a few simple seasonal surprises just for you, to keep you jingling all the way into the new year
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Let Mother Nature be your guiding light, says Eminé Rushton; be silent, read the signs and listen to what she is telling you, then… breathe
With Christmas upon us, we seek out seasonal pleasures for loved ones, ourselves included
Addiction therapist John McKeown, founder of Ibiza Calm residential rehabilitation centre, advises a reader on how to help her partner, who has been constantly unfaithful to her
Wild Nutrition co-founder Henrietta Norton reminds us why it’s the season to celebrate, like we’ve done throughout the ages, not only to survive, but to feel good
Many of us have been subject to the effects of one too many margaritas –but few of us know that there’s ample cause to celebrate this indigenous spirit, too. Eve Kalinik leads the toast for tequila
Photographer Leanne Bracey is entranced by Yosemite National Park, in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees and jaw-dropping Tunnel View
THE RETREAT
If you can’t afford to furnish your home with new pieces, being thrifty is an inspiring and accessible way of creating stylish and comfortable rooms
Ancient offerings are not forgotten in the Weleda gardens, in a healing atonement to Mother Earth, while allotmenteer Paul Rushton prepares for conscious celebration
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