Photo by David Boca on Unsplash

What is the meaning of life?

To become a better human being every single day.

“Each person’s task in life is to become an increasingly better person.” — Leo Tolstoy

How do we become better every single day? We develop practices that will help move us incrementally forward. Small steps…

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Almost one year ago, my life changed. It wasn’t a big, dramatic event that was the catalyst, nor a realization that my life was on the wrong path. …

Photo by Simon Migaj on Pexels

The Stoic life centred around habits and routines — practices in which they engaged daily, from their waking moments until going to sleep, that provided the structure necessary for a day lived well. These practices can provide a blueprint for us, to help us to lead good and happy lives…

Photo by Vladislav Muslakov on Unsplash

Sleep is crucial.

For our health, for our relationships, for our wellbeing in general. But getting good quality sleep seems to be becoming more and more difficult. While society and the lives we lead will always be pushing against our sleep —with the late-night dinners and work meetings, social media…

Photo by Luc Marshall from Pexels

You don’t need to do everything perfectly to make a meaningful change in your life.

In fact, you just have to do the “right” thing more than you do the “wrong” thing. Biology works in averages, meaning it’s what you do most of the time that matters the most. …

Photo by Jason Briscoe on Unsplash

Nutrition is confusing.

And diets are hard work. They’re unpleasant, they’re hard to stick to, and we spend way too much time thinking and stressing about the foods we’re eating.

But you don’t need to be on a diet to achieve good health. …

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest difference in our health. And a lot of the time, achieving good health is just about getting back to the basics.

And one of the most basic movements we can engage in is to lift heavy things on a regular basis.


Photo by Ben Kolde on Unsplash

While it’s probably the first thing you want to reach for after waking up after a bad night of sleep, you should avoid coffee.

A recent study in the British Journal of Nutrition has revealed the detrimental impact of consuming coffee before breakfast, especially when our sleep quality has been…

Photo by Ronaldo Arthur Vidal on Unsplash

A recent study has revealed how the amount of coffee we drink each day impacts our risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from all causes.

Here’s what they found.

The Research

The research included 468,629 participants, who were divided into 3 groups based on their coffee consumption: none (do not drink…

Ashley Richmond

I write about daily practices for optimizing health and happiness. Free newsletter:

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store