Playfulness is a quality most adults don’t think about, let alone as something desirable or even a skill. Yet, recent research suggests exactly that. In this episode, we talk with René Proyer, a professor for psychology from Austria who has studied playfulness in depth and explains to us why playfulness can be part of the solution for many problems.
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, the NHS starts funding standup comedy courses for men at risk of suicide, Lisa Cook will be the first Black woman to serve on the Federal Reserve’s board in its 109-year history, and Millets may help to stabilise food security worldwide.
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, the world’s fifth-largest economy is powered by 100% clean energy for the first time, a cross-party movement in Iceland is supporting an international law against ecocide, and Qatar’s first male fashion designer is breaking stereotypes.
Millions of people struggle with mental health issues, especially in the Black community. So Lorenzo Lewis, founder of The Confess Project had a unqiue idea. He brought mental health to where people go and talk about life; the barbershop. The team trains barbers to become mental health advocates for black men, boys and their families across the country. In this episode, the project’s Chief People Officer, Darnell Rice explains to us why and how a haircut can be much more than just a haircut.
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, a Latvian group of volunteers fight Russian disinformation across Europe, Indian tribeswomen protect a forest against illegal tree cutters, and a Brazilian town comes together to save its reef.
Scotland’s forest are the largest they have been for 900 years, the brown bear population in the Pyrenees is the highest for a century, and volunteers in Baghdad clean up the Tigris river.