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Lets talk about Happiness……

Most of us spend our lives searching for it and struggle with the questions of what is it and how do you find it? There are many books out there that offer advice on how to achieve happiness and live a happy and fullfilling life, but as happiness is a very personal thing there is really no one way of finding it.  Read More »

Handwriting resurgence – is the pen mightier than the keyboard?

Post on: Mar 18, 2016 

By Nick Scott http://www.director.co.uk/

 

Computer keyboards now dominate the way we convert thought into words. But reverting to traditional ink and paper, say experts, may have cognitive, as well as therapeutic, benefits

It’s unlikely those of us who complained of writer’s cramp after doing our Christmas cards would get much sympathy from Samuel Richardson. The author of Clarissa would have literally penned his masterpiece – 1,534 pages and almost a million words of feisty 18th-century high-society drama – using a goose quill and vellum. Read More »

How we see ourselves is what makes us who we are

December 2015

How we brand ourselves and see ourselves is often what we become. We evaluate the status of a behaviour (something we do) into an identity (who we are). People who have an addiction whether it is smoking, drugs, alcohol, gambling, tend to label themselves as such: “I am a smoker ”, “I am an alcoholic”, or “I am a gambler”. This then creates a (negative) identity which the person holds onto and conforms to, making it harder for them to change. Read More »

Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

By Jenn Horton
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC

Your efforts around exercising and eating well are helping your blood pressure and your weight. Something else might also help: meditation.

Meditation — the practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and clarity — can lower high blood pressure. It can also help you manage stress, which drives some people to eat. Read More »

Winter is Coming: Five Ways It Can Affect Your Mental Health

Posted: 26/11/2015 19:43 GMT Updated: 03/12/2015 09:59 GMThttp://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

As the winter draws in and the days become shorter, darker and colder we can all admit that it makes us feel a little bit down and miserable. If you’re a perceptive person, you will probably notice a difference in the moods of people around you. Fewer people can manage a smile when they are walking down the street with rain pelting down their face, and cold wind blowing down their necks. For most of us once we are inside a warm office or living room with a cup of tea we can brush off the weather outside and get on with our day, but for some it isn’t that easy. Read More »

Understanding Anxiety Is the Crucial First Step to Managing Anxiety

Posted: 24/11/2015 12:28 GMT Updated: 24/11/2015 12:59 GMThttp://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

We’ve all experienced doubts, worries and anxiety; it’s normal. Whatever it is that worries you and makes you anxious, it can be an annoying distraction that makes you feel uncomfortable. But too often, anxiety can make you physically unwell and leave you unable to think about anything else whatsoever. Read More »

Meditation can help ‘grow’ a happier brain

Scientists find way to measure contentment levels and say happiness organ can be developed.

Aristotle said that “happiness depends upon ourselves”, and now a new study suggests it is possible to grow a happier brain physically through practices such as meditation. It was known which hormones produce emotions such as pleasure or desire, but until now the source of contentment and well-being was unclear. Read More »

The Extraordinary Scientific Proof That Positive Thinking Works

Posted: 10/23/2015 11:06 am EDT Updated: 10/23/2015 11:59 am EDT

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Ninety percent of success in any walk of life is a direct result of how the mind is used. Top athletes, top business executives, top parents, top entrepreneurs, and the most successful individuals all understand the important truth that the mind is what counts. Read More »

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

BY FEELGUIDE • NOVEMBER 19, 2014 • HEALTH, SPIRITUALITY, THE HUMAN BRAIN •

Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University.  The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter. Read More »