Raymond Doherty 20 Dec 2018 03:57pm

Most-read Life 2018

Whether it was a guide on how to best achieve the elusive feeling of Hygge, or picking the best films about the financial crash, or looking at why sharing our homes with pets can improve – and even save – our lives, or asking if cycling is the new golf, the Life section was as unpredictable 2018 itself

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Caption: Illustrations by Serge Seidlitz

1.Travel: going for good

Fancy seeing the world and being worthy while you’re about it? Xenia Taliotis charts the rise of volun-tourism, and explores ways you can make a difference while on your holidays

2. Six ways to achieve hygge

 The Danes are considered to be one of the happiest people on earth, despite their long, hard winters. Central to this is the Danish concept of Hygge

3. The best of the BFI London Film Festival 2018

Filmgoers will be flocking to the UK capital this week for the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. With 225 entries set to hit the big screen between now and the 21 October, audiences have to carefully schedule which screenings to attend. We’ve decided to help you by listing our six must-see movies

4. How to organise the office Christmas party

With one month until Christmas, we again enter one of the busiest periods of the year. As well as shopping for presents there are dinners, drinks, decorating and of course the office Christmas party. We’ve decided to help lighten the load by putting together our list of the top dos and don’ts for organising your work’s end-of-year bash

5. Is cycling the new golf?

The popularity of cycling is at an all-time high. So if you’re tiring of the local golf course and want to know how to get started on two wheels, Danny McCance has the knowledge

6. Ivy League eateries

The results are out and universities are preparing to receive a new wave of students, among which will be foodies. Neil Davey takes a look at what’s on the menu around Columbia, Harvard and Yale

7. The power of pet therapy

Rescuing an animal from a shelter might just result in them rescuing you right back. Xenia Taliotis discovers all the ways in which sharing our homes with pets can improve – and even save – our lives

8. Six of the most infamous tax cases

Following the news that two of US President Donald Trump’s closest confidantes, lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign manager Paul Manafort, were convicted of tax fraud (among severaal other crimes), we decided to have a look back at some other tax cases that made a similar splash

9. Six of the best films about the financial crash

This week marks 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. One of the very few positives from the crash was a raft of films in the years since examining how and why it happened and the fall out. Here’s our pick of the best

10. How to improve wellbeing in the workplace

With Mental Health Awareness Week just around the corner, economia takes a look at a few ways to improve your wellbeing in the workplace. So from taking a digital detox to developing healthy habits, here are some tips for getting back on top