What Price Value?

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In Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, the writer had his Lord Darlington character quip that: ‘a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing’.

This blog post by Paul Bernal, The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, uses Wilde’s insightful wit to argue how our government, our businesses, our media and more are ever dominated by those that fit Wilde’s description of cynics. As he says: ‘The idea that anyone in the ‘real world’ should even consider ethical, moral, philosophical or cultural values to be on a par with financial or economic ‘value’ appears whimsical, sentimental, even romantic. Hard-nosed, sensible, rational, practical people ‘know’ otherwise. It’s the economy, stupid.’ He concludes his post thus: ‘I may not know the price of everything, but I do know that there are many things more valuable than money.’

The reason I mention all this is my increasing work with salons wishing to stock Pink&Green Skincare’s products. It’s clear that more and more salons are becoming ever more disenchanted with the global companies they’ve become tied to – and the products themselves. All of which has led me to consider value, and what it means and how we measure it.

The Benefits of a Sauna and Cold Plunge

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The Finns have known for hundreds of years, what the rest of us have taken longer to discover – the benefits of a sauna and cold plunge. Meaning bath or bathhouse, Sauna – correctly pronounced sow (as in wow) nah is the only Finnish word in the English dictionary, and is a Finnish way of life. For the sauna is a Finnish invention from 2000 years ago. This website, Finland Sauna.Com, has more on the history of sauna.

One Balm – Balm For A Busy Life

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How busy are you? We most of us complain bitterly about having too much to do. As this article from the BBC points out, ‘Few facts about modern life seem more indisputable than how busy everyone seems to be. Across the industrialised world, large numbers of survey respondents tell researchers they’re overburdened with work, at the expense of time with family and friends.’ The article goes on to suggest that the opinions of some super busy people weren’t even gathered because, according to this 2014 study, a big reason people refuse to take part in surveys is …. they’re too busy.