For the 5am Club: The Week’s Top Articles

Of course, you don’t have to be part of the 5am club to read this summary of the week’s most read articles. But if you’re a parent of young kids, the likelihood is that you’ll be up early so make yourself a coffee and get stuck in to our weekly digest… 

Every Sunday we put together an introduction to the week’s most read articles. We know everyone’s busy so this way, you can have a read through then decide if you’d like to read any of the articles in full…

5am Club article #1

Decca Aitkenhead: Falling in Love With a Criminal

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Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead fell in love with a crack-smoking, drug-dealing ex-con. He quit the criminal underworld for her, got a degree and they had two sons. But devastatingly, while on a family holiday in Jamaica, Tony drowned.

Annie Ridout interviewed Decca about her unlikely union with Tony, becoming estranged from family members whose liberal ideals fell short when tested and having her first baby with this “deeply loving, loyal, dependable” man.

There is then a second interview, in which Decca explains the horrific aftermath of losing Tony. Have a read of this incredibly honest and revealing interview.

5am Club article #2

Up Early? The Most Successful People Always Are

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Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, rose every morning at 6am. He would look in the mirror and ask himself: “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?” If he responded ‘no’ too many days in a row, he knew something needed to change.

And he’s not the only successful person to be up super early and have a tight morning routine – there’s also Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, MediaCom’s Karen Blackett, Barack Obama and Beautycounter’s founder Gregg Renfrew. So we put together a piece about exactly what these entrepreneurs and CEOs do with those early hours…

5am Club article #3

5 Activities Guaranteed to Make You Happy

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Happiness. We’re all constantly looking for more of it. For some, it might come from a new exercise regime, looking at sleep patterns, eating more or less of a certain food. While others will find it somewhere entirely different – like taking part in extreme sports.

BUT! We’ve found five activities that will definitely make everyone just a little bit happier. Because science says so. Have a read (most of them don’t even require a huge amount of effort) and then prepare to feel happier than you’ve ever felt before

5am Club article #4

What do YOU Like About The Early Hour

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Now that we’re in our eighth month, we felt it was time to talk to you – the people who read The Early Hour. So we put together a very short survey asking who you are, what you think of The Early Hour and how we can improve it. After all, without readers it’s nothing.

The editor Annie Ridout gives a little introduction, talking about why the online magazine was set up in the first place, followed by some recent press coverage and then a link to our survey. If you have one spare minute and fancy helping us out, we’d be REALLY grateful – you can click here. If you have three minutes, you might like to read the intro before doing the survey, so you can click here.

As always, thanks for reading!