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Three surprising happiness health secrets

Reading Time: 3 minutes What makes you happy? Is it a day at the beach listening to the sounds of the waves? How about a piece of your favorite chocolate cake? Or maybe a morning jog as the sun rises? All these things can bring about happiness, but did you know it’s actually due to the chemical reactions these […]

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The connection between oxytocin and happiness

Reading Time: 2 minutes If all you need really is love, then oxytocin may be where it’s at. This neurotransmitter is categorized as one of the four “happiness chemicals” (in addition to dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins) and is known for its link to feelings of love and connection. Oxytocin is created in the hypothalamus gland and released by the […]

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The relationship between endorphins and happiness

Reading Time: < 1 minute Do you feel less stressed after a good run? How about more grounded during yoga? Or refreshed after a relaxing massage? That’s because of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters (chemicals that send messages throughout the body) released through aerobic exercise and other calming activities with the effect of relieving or reducing pain. They’re a type of […]

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The link between dopamine and happiness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Doesn’t it feel good when you’ve completed a big project, learned something new, or achieved a set goal? That sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is a reward that’s attributed to our state of happiness. Quite often, that’s due to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is one of four neurotransmitters known as happiness chemicals. Along with serotonin, […]

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Understanding our physical happiness chemicals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Contrary to what we may think, happiness is not all in our heads. Chemicals in our physical makeup play a significant role in the state of our happiness and the actions we take can inspire our bodies to make more. This means that what we think, the behaviors we exhibit, the food choices we make, […]

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Delicious and nutritious winter foods

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you think fresh and nutrient-dense foods are only available in warmer months, think again. Winter is a wonderful time of year to take advantage of the abundance of delicious and nutritious foods.  Whether it’s roasting root vegetables for fibre and antioxidants, simmering broths for bone health and weight loss, or slicing citrus for immunity […]

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How can you improve your memory?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some people seem to be able to retain information and reel off facts and figures easily, while others might frequently struggle to remember even the simplest of things. It’s important not to panic if you find yourself become more forgetful, as studies have shown that memory will naturally decline as we age, so it’s not […]

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The importance of warming up and cooling down

Reading Time: 3 minutes The importance of warming up and cooling down to improve your athletic performance Since our school days we have been told that it’s important to warm up and cool down whenever we perform any type of movement workout. We probably haven’t questioned it. After all, we know and accept that warming up and cooling down […]

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Mental Health Tips

Reading Time: 9 minutes Mental health tips to avoid depression and improve your state of mind Having reviewed the Lifeplus: Attitudes to Mental Wellbeing Full Report conducted by Cambridge Market Research I recognise the concerns about use of antidepressant medications, including the frequency of use and long term effects, an increasing desire for alternative mental health support. About depression […]

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How can training your brain help with physical performance?

Reading Time: 3 minutes We all know that our brains and bodies are linked. But how do our cognitive abilities and our psychological health affect our physical abilities? How, for example, does training our brains help to improve response times, visual accuracy, memory and more? Sports performance requires a wealth of cognitive functions, such as attention, decision-making and working […]

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What is strength fitness?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why strength fitness should form a big part of your planned movement workouts. Being physically fit comes in different forms. For example, someone who can run a marathon is no doubt physically fit, but they might not be able to lift heavy weights. Someone who might be able to lift heavy weights on the other […]

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James Ellington’s top ten tips to staying mentally focused

Reading Time: 5 minutes What is mental focus? Olympic athlete, James Ellington, is someone that has proven his mental focus through his incredible and inspirational journey to elite level athletic competition after a major road accident in 2017. Having suffered multiple severe injuries which saw him in a wheelchair, he experienced a knockback that not only threatened his career […]

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The importance of using our five senses for wellbeing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wellbeing is something we all aspire to, but it’s also something that we need to work at. Fortunately, by simply being mindful and becoming attuned to our five senses, we can learn to improve our wellbeing in all manner of ways. The link between wellbeing and our five senses Our brains are responsible for processing […]

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The health benefits of physical exercise and dance

Reading Time: 3 minutes How to harness the power of dance for better health Taking part in physical exercise offers many health benefits including better physical fitness, a better ability to manage weight and the reduction of stress levels. When we hear the word ‘exercise’ though, it can sound like a bit of a chore. It doesn’t have to […]

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Friendships and mental health

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is the link between friendships and mental health? Nurturing friendships is important throughout the life cycle. When we place value in our friendships, this positively affects our wellbeing – friendships and mental health are intrinsically linked. The evidence has shown us time and time again that we are influenced by our social groups and […]

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Looking after your gut health

Reading Time: 3 minutes What affects gut health and why gut health matters so much in maintaining good health.  Gut health has taken centre stage in the world of natural health for many years and it is finally breaking into the mainstream – but do you know why gut health matters so much? Our gut houses a tremendous collection […]

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Omega 3 fatty acids

Reading Time: 4 minutes What are omega 3 fatty acids? Omega 3 fatty acids are single or polyunsaturated fatty acids. You may be more familiar with them as “good fats”. They are also called essential fatty acids because they are essential for human life. The three most important omega 3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) […]

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The importance of sleep

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can you achieve a more restful and restorative sleep? Sleep is vital. We know that, because we all, at one point or another, will have failed to have enough and suffered as a result. Lack of sleep causes physical effects like grey eyes, dull skin and headaches, but the importance of sleep is also […]

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Understanding the mind-body connection for positive mental health

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can developing mindfulness support positive mental health? Positive mental health is determined by a variety of factors and while it’s impossible to control everything that happens around us, developing mindfulness can be a strong step in the right direction when it comes to experiencing greater happiness and a positive state of mind.  Why should […]

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Foods to sharpen your focus

Reading Time: 2 minutes Eat your way to improved concentration! Some days it can feel like your brain is stuck in first gear. You might find it hard to concentrate or discover your attention is wandering from the task at hand. While there can be many reasons for your mind suddenly deciding it’s going to take the day off, […]

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Overcoming self-criticism

Reading Time: 4 minutes When enough really is enough We all juggle many roles and responsibilities in life —parent, spouse, employee, friend, neighbour, sibling, child. Amongst this though, it’s important to remember that we also have many responsibilities to ourselves and our own welfare. Many people deal with self-criticism on a daily basis so if you feel like they […]

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Increase your productivity in life

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can I increase my productivity? In today’s busy world, it seems like we’re often expected to do it all: perform at our job, keep a clean house and spend quality time with friends and family. Often we can over-commit and create mile-long to do lists. Therefore, we all need time to relax and step […]

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Speed of life

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why do some people find it hard to adjust to the apparent increase of speed in so many areas in life? Sociologists and psychologists can help us understand our perception of time1 – and how different people have differing views. 1. Technical advances give us higher expectations Hartmut Rosa, a German sociologist, describes how progress […]

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What will boost your mood?

Reading Time: 3 minutes You could try chocolate – a tried and tested go-to for most of us. And we know, scientifically, it can help. Chocolate contains a small amount of tryptophan, an amino acid used by our brains to make serotonin (the neurotransmitter linked to feelings of happiness). 1 But we also know it’s likely to have an […]

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Kindness: Good for our minds?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Throughout history, difficult times have drawn out the best in human nature. Across the globe natural disasters, wars and economic recessions have been testament to this and it’s no different today. Each situation has been unprecedented and each has had its own unique struggles but, in each, we have seen truly inspirational acts of generosity […]

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