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Happiness

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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Ten tips for a healthy immune system in kids

Reading Time: 3 minutes Children can be resilient when it comes to sickness, and their immune system is what’s to thank. But we all know it’s hard to keep little hands from germ-covered toys, screens, noses, and mouths.  That’s why it’s essential that kids are provided with the support they need to keep their immune system balanced and strong. […]

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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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What is an example of positive stress?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Stress is a normal part of life. Although we tend to think of it as a negative and use the word mostly to describe bad experiences, it really just refers to our body and mind’s response to any challenging demand. In reality, not all stress is bad for you. If you’re running a marathon, delivering […]

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What are 10 benefits of meditation?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Over the past few decades, the practice of meditation has soared. Whether witnessed or experienced, the healing benefits of meditation are undeniable. Today, everyone from business people, professional athletes and children are learning how to meditate and embrace calm in both mind and body. The holistic benefits of meditation are diverse: It can help reduce […]

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A holistic guide to your Mental Wellbeing

Reading Time: < 1 minute What are feel-good hormones? How do they lead to better physiological health and how can we boost them naturally to maintain a healthy mental state? Adopting an optimistic outlook is key to maintaining a healthy mind. Understanding how you think and feel inside is an essential part of your wellbeing. But sometimes, especially in challenging […]

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Create a Resilience action plan with James Ellington

Reading Time: 5 minutes What does it mean to be resilient? No matter what life stage you’re at, it’s inevitable that we all come across the ups and downs of life. Resilience is the ability to deal and bounce back from those difficult events. It doesn’t mean that emotional upheaval or varying stress levels aren’t experienced, it’s the way […]

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What is chromotherapy?

Reading Time: 3 minutes It might sound like a long, complicated word, but chromotherapy is essentially ‘colour therapy’ – the ability of certain colours to impact our physiological health. You only have to look at the way we all wish to decorate our houses in a certain way or choose to wear particular colours to see that colour really […]

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A focus on ‘feel good’ hormones

Reading Time: 2 minutes What on earth are ‘feel good’ hormones, you might wonder? Well, as the name implies, they are the hormones that make you feel good and help us maintain a healthy mental state. But what exactly are they and how do they have this power to influence our physiological health? Our hormones are essentially chemical messengers […]

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Mental health and social media

Reading Time: 8 minutes Managing your mental health in the age of social media Social media is the great paradox of this generation, one that inspires intense debate and emotion. I, myself used to have a complicated relationship with it. Social media is a cornerstone of modern communication, one that makes networking easy, and connecting to friends all over […]

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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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What is manifestation and how can it improve your life?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Manifestation is strongly linked to the law of attraction.   If there is something you desire, you have to ask for it in order for it to happen. Essentially, it is the process of thinking positively or having aspirational thoughts with the purpose of turning them into reality. Bob Proctor, the famous Canadian self-help author […]

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Can you improve your mental strength and resilience?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Life throws us curveballs when we least expect them and there are many situations we may have to deal with that will test our feelings of being able to cope. Whether it’s the breakdown of a relationship, a job that doesn’t give satisfaction or a health concern, it can seem hard to steer clear of […]

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What are toxic emotions and how can you stop them?

Reading Time: 5 minutes The term ‘toxic emotions’ is regularly used, but what are they exactly? They are feelings of anger, guilt, shame, anxiety, fear, self-loathing, regret, bitterness, and resentment – feelings that bring no positive benefit to our lives or our mental wellbeing. These are all toxic emotions that are harmful not just to us but to everyone […]

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How to boost mood with food

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are so many ways food can contribute to improved mood, which is one of the reasons why our relationship with food is a complicated one. We do not eat simply to fuel our bodies. We break bread with friends and families, passing on family recipes with fondness. We share meals to grow deeper in […]

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Altruism and happiness

Reading Time: 3 minutes Helping others and the link between altruism and happiness Have you ever wondered what altruism means? Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for the happiness of other human beings or other animals, resulting in a quality of life, both material and spiritual. Essentially by caring for others, it benefits your own wellbeing. […]

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Nutritional Psychiatry

Reading Time: 2 minutes Is nutritional psychiatry the key to understanding mental health? Mental illness accounts for a significant proportion of global health. This is why it poses such a substantial social, economic and health worry.1 While treatment has historically been dominated by prescribed medication and psychotherapies, such as talking therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, nutritional psychiatry is showing […]

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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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Laughter is healthy

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is how laughter affects our body “A day without laughter is a day wasted,” Charlie Chaplin once said. And he isn’t the only one to think this. Dr Lee S. Berk of the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions, and one of the pioneers of laughter research, also encourages people to laugh every day. Why […]

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Understanding happiness and how it helps our mental wellness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Does defining it help us to achieve it? Most of us would say we would like to be happy. We have a rough idea of what happiness is: that good feeling about ourselves, our work, our life and everyone around us. We certainly know when we feel unhappy. But it can be quite difficult to […]

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Generosity matters for our mental health and happiness

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes it’s worth stating the obvious: our world would be a better place if we were all a bit kinder towards each other.  So how can we make that happen? I read somewhere that today, generosity is today almost as endangered as rainforests – as we all strive to pursue our own happiness. But don’t […]

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The Habits of Happy People

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s one of the age old questions; what is the secret to happiness? Being happy is not just a mood – it’s a state of mind that frames our outlook on life and has a confirmed positive effect on our mental and physical health.1 It’s easy to sit back and wait for happiness to come […]

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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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Can positivity lead to happiness?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Sometimes life throws things at us that we just weren’t expecting. Out of the blue a massive curve-ball comes round the corner.  It doesn’t even have to be something major – just something we didn’t anticipate and had no control over. What do we do? You’re probably thinking “Where are we going with this?”. The […]

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Success – a dish best shared

Reading Time: 2 minutes The simple act of recognising success is incredibly powerful, but so often in life it seems that the natural thing to do is to be humble and shy in coming forward to celebrate our successes. We fear being recognised, but why is this? Some believe, it’s because at a deep internal level, we can all […]

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How creative activities can be beneficial for adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Rediscover your creative mind When did you last pursue a creative activity? Creativity is something that’s so natural to us as children, but as we grow older, it’s all too easy to become side-tracked by daily life and forget to take time out to satisfy our creative desires. Creativity in adults is just as important […]

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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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