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In their words: Christina Stevens & Seven simple tips on how to have more, much more, love in your life – right here and now

In their words: Christina Stevens & Seven simple tips on how to have more, much more, love in your life – right here and now

Written by on March 15, 2016 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

There is really only one thing we can all count on … one thing that can bring positive change into our unsettled world … and that’s love. Love is the energy that will alter the course of your life; the kindness that can feed an army; the service that can heal a dying man; the […]

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In their words: Professor Lea Waters & Positive posts make others happy, pass it on

In their words: Professor Lea Waters & Positive posts make others happy, pass it on

Written by on February 16, 2016 in Digital Health, Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

We are drowning in a sea of negativity as media corporations daily send us a tsunami of bad news. Yet new science in the field of positive psychology shows that sharing good news with others can provide you and the people you care about a much-needed life raft. Social media has given us the power […]

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In their words: Dr Alan Greene & Being a physician – a day in the life

In their words: Dr Alan Greene & Being a physician – a day in the life

Written by on February 4, 2016 in Happiness, Relationships, Work with 1 Comment

It was a bad hair day. Two hours earlier, I had been dreaming happily of flying over the beach at Cabo San Lucas – without an airplane – when the harsh ring of the phone burst the scene into quickly forgotten fragments. It was a call from the hospital; they needed me for an emergency Cesarean Section. […]

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Big data and how it can help our emotional selves

Big data and how it can help our emotional selves

Written by on January 28, 2016 in Digital Health, Relationships, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

The prevalence of technology means anonymity is virtually impossible in this day and age. That’s because we leave so-called ‘digital breadcrumbs’ every time we use our mobile phone, log onto Facebook, or even use the Internet. Just as there are those who fear the power of big data in the wrong hands, many also see […]

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In their words: Sonja Lyubomirsky & Are parents happier or more miserable?

In their words: Sonja Lyubomirsky & Are parents happier or more miserable?

Written by on January 21, 2016 in Happiness, Relationships, Young People with 0 Comments

Evolutionary psychologists tell us that wanting offspring is hardwired, but for most of us, the decision to have a child is intensely personal. Rather than considering our species’ survival, the decision often hinges on whether we think being a parent will make us happy – a consideration that has become all the more daunting in […]

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Cultivating emotional balance

Cultivating emotional balance

Written by on November 30, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Wellness with 0 Comments

Imagine if there was a training program that taught us how to manage our difficult and negative emotions so that these no longer had the same power over us, causing us to act out in ways that were both harmful to ourselves and others? Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) training, a combination of contemplation science and […]

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In their words: Dr Tal Ben-Shahar & Self-interest and benevolence

In their words: Dr Tal Ben-Shahar & Self-interest and benevolence

Written by on November 9, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

Teaching is my calling. I teach executives in organizations, students in college, and at-risk youth in inner cities. I teach because it makes me happy, because it affords me present and future benefit, pleasure and meaning. I teach because I want to (because I love it), not because I feel I have to (out of […]

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In their words: Jane Mathews & Writing a life plan

In their words: Jane Mathews & Writing a life plan

Written by on September 23, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Wellness, Work with 0 Comments

‘Crumpets face inwards’ is stamped on my toaster. How come the most mundane kitchen appliance has instructions, but life doesn’t? And isn’t it strange that we find time to write a million shopping and ‘to do’ lists, but rarely take out a few hours to write a life plan – our own instructions? When I […]

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The addicted mind

The addicted mind

Written by on September 1, 2015 in Relationships, Wellness with 0 Comments

Nature or nuture? Do we do what we do primarily because that was always our destiny, or does our childhood environment play the larger part in shaping our future? It’s an age-old question, and one that’s often posed in relation to addiction, be it to substances or behaviour. Is someone’s alcoholism or compulsive shopping largely […]

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In their words: Nkandu Beltz & Words have power

In their words: Nkandu Beltz & Words have power

Written by on August 19, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Young People with 0 Comments

When I was young I was told that “of all the talents that God has given us, the power of speech is the most important gift” and that it should be delicately cultivated. There is no other greater talent than this. Words are such a powerful tool, they can break a heart and destroy a […]

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Social media ‘likes’ healthcare

Social media ‘likes’ healthcare

Written by on August 11, 2015 in Digital Health, Relationships, Wellness with 0 Comments

We’ve known for a very long time that infectious diseases can spread from social contact. If I’ve got a cold and I sneeze in your vicinity, you’ll probably get it too. What we haven’t known until fairly recently is that non-communicable diseases such as obesity and heart disease are also socially transmitted. In other words, […]

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Shy by Sian Prior

Shy by Sian Prior

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Relationships with 0 Comments

“Imagine you’ve just been asked to sing, unaccompanied, to a room full of strangers – and you’re not Lior,” Sian Prior says. “Imagine you’re standing in front of that critical audience, wishing you were invisible.” What if your whole life you’ve felt like this? “What are we shy people actually afraid of?” Sian asks. “You’re […]

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The wisdom of compassion

The wisdom of compassion

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships with 0 Comments

“Instil me with a greater sense of compassion so that I can be liberated,” Lior translates an ancient Hebrew hymn for us, then lets his voice ring out as he sings the hymn for us in its original language. The wonder of serendipity brought Lior and Nigel Westlake together, Geraldine Doogue says. Nigel says that […]

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Can anger be a force for good?

Can anger be a force for good?

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Wellness with 0 Comments

“Anger can sometimes work well for you,” Dr Robert Biswas-Diener says. “It’s just preparing you for action, as a response to threats,” he says. He tells us about a time when his wife flipped out at a dinner party when her guests bad-mouthed a racial minority, and how proud he was of her anger. “That’s […]

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