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The Happiness Illusion

As I approach the end of my first year of study of Positive Psychology I am compelled to share a common idea that surfaces when considering the subject of happiness. Happiness isn’t a blind, naïve, ignorant or one-sided perspective. It isn’t about refusing to see problems, downsides, challenges or tough times and metaphorically sticking our fingers in our ears. I am certain that every system on the planet, and beyond, that is left to its own devices will always always, always move towards homeostasis, or balance. This goes for an economic system as much as for the incredible system of, [...]

March 19th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration, Wellbeing|0 Comments
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What Does Your Body Say?

It’s well documented that when we feel depressed, we tend to move slower, less often and hunch the shoulders. But is it possible that simply adopting this position e.g. sitting down for hours hunched over a keyboard with the chest dropped, can stimulate feelings of depression? There’s strong evidence to suggest it can. Researchers have found that when deliberately placed into a slumped position, we tend to have better recollection of negative events: easily recalling times when we have felt hopeless, powerless or helpless. By contrast, those sitting upright with the chest broad found it hard to recall negative events, [...]

February 10th, 2015|Categories: Wellbeing, Yoga|0 Comments
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Get out of the blue

Today (January 19th) is widely considered the most depressing day the year. As we patiently await the first pay cheque of 2015 amidst extreme weather, lack of daylight and a realisation that most of our resolutions for the year have already fallen by the wayside (oh, and it’s Monday!), it’s easy to nose dive into depression. Yet Blue Monday, as it has come to be known, needn’t be all doom and gloom. As always, it’s a matter of perspective. Here are 3 ways to make the most of today… Get Outside - since the winter solstice on December 21st, the [...]

January 19th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration, Wellbeing|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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The Cold and Flu Myth That Might Be Making You Sick

Word on the street is it’s that time of year again. The inevitable cold and flu season where the warming sounds of sleigh bells and merry carol singers are drowned out by hacking coughs, sniffly noses and advertising slogans promising to help us push through pain, get back on with our hectic schedule and just keep going, despite aches and exhaustion. With our current lifestyles honouring ‘busy’ as an endorsement of status its little wonder the over-the-counter cold and flu remedy industry has been growing significantly year on year. We’re promised that these pills, powders, liquids and sprays will allow [...]

December 8th, 2014|Categories: Wellbeing|0 Comments

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

"At least once a day look into the mirror and say: “I love you, I really love you!” Louise Hay

September 6th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Make Mine a Forward Bend, With a Twist: 5 Reasons to Find Happy Hour on the Yoga Mat Tonight

As the division between work and life blurs and collective stress levels reach an all-time high, it’s hardly surprising that a couple of cheeky drinks are called upon to unwind, connect with colleagues and put office politics back into perspective. Plenty valuable networking is oiled with alcohol and, when the company is paying, there’s even more reason to drink up! The morning after, though, can take on a different tone. Queasy, exhausted, fear that we might have finally told the boss what we really think (I swear he's mad at me this morning) and a general sense of ill-being envelops [...]

June 9th, 2014|Categories: Mindfulness, Wellbeing, Yoga|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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A few reasons to give it a go….

February 24th, 2014|Categories: Wellbeing, Yoga|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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What Your Weekend Can Teach You about Fulfilling Work

“I would love to find more fulfilling work. I just don’t know what I want to do.” Sound familiar? There seems to be a growing movement. We’ve achieved success ‘on paper’ but feel like something is missing. It’s hard to quantify, it’s nothing in particular but there’s a nagging feeling that says ‘I better not still be here in 5 years!’ It’s challenging to figure out what we truly want to dedicate our lives to but when we fail to ask the question, disillusion becomes reality. The most visible confirmation of this trend is surely the sheer number who’ve taken the ‘What Career Should you Actually Have?’ quiz that filled our social [...]

February 18th, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Mindfulness, Wellbeing|2 Comments
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Dare to Dream

This video first found me in a tiny hotel room in Paris. It was one hour before very early on a dark January morning. Business, not pleasure. As the company-issued-Blackberry contended with my 'demande' for video and audio, together, I felt a strange combination of familiarity and novelty, like a defining moment was about to take place. I absorbed the message as if I'd heard it a hundred times before yet had never really listened. The familiarity came from a certainty at my core that what we dream about most consistently (not in the unconscious, nighttime sense) holds clues to [...]

January 31st, 2014|Categories: Inspiration, Wellbeing|1 Comment
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Write A Year You Love

In her book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”, Bronnie Ware warns us from her extensive experience of caring for them, that as terminally ill patients prepare to pass away, the most commonly cited remorse is: ‘I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.’  Take a second to consider that. From childhood we’re socialised.  Parents, siblings, teachers, neighbours, bosses - everyone around us has a part to play in suggesting what is right and wrong, what is something noble to strive for and what is just a [...]

December 18th, 2013|Categories: Inspiration, Wellbeing|0 Comments