Best of our Blogs: 2014

By Rebecca Lewis on December 19, 2014

2014 has been a long, wonderful year for many of us. And now we are about to say hello to another year! But before we do, let us look back at some of the blogs that have given awareness and inspiration to many of you, our dear readers. The Science of Healing Hands: What Research Has to Say about Reiki If you’re new to Reiki, you might wonder how the [Read More…]

5 Ways to Unwind & De-Stress this Holiday Break

By Amy Taylor on December 19, 2014

There’s no doubt about it – Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. But it can be full of stresses too. But while the images of Santa Claus and his reindeers, and gifting ideas fill TV screens, magazines and storefronts, there’s no denying that many people aren’t as cheerful in this special time. Getting through the year-end [Read More…]

Is Antisocial Behaviour Hardwired in Some People?

By Lisa Franchi on December 19, 2014

New research found that teenagers carrying common variants of three genes are more likely to show significantly different levels of antisocial behaviour, depending on whether the individual grows up in an abusive or caring environment. Every single high school student aged 17 to 18 years old in Västmanland, a Swedish county, was invited to participat [Read More…]

It is in Giving that We Receive: The Benefits and Science of Giving

Let’s talk about giving. Not because Christmas is around the corner but rather because as human beings we are often too concerned about what we want and what we should get in the hope that it’ll make us happier or fulfilled. However, how long-lasting is the pleasure of "getting" something?  Getting things [Read More…]

Happy Foods to Cheer You Up Now (and Make You Healthier Overtime)

By Rebecca Lewis on December 18, 2014

It’s true. Food can be a source of happiness. But there are foods that are only satisfying and pleasurable when you’re eating them. But after the last bite, you will start to feel worse. You feel bloated, sluggish, and worst of all – guilty. Yes, you know what these foods are. They are the sugary, calorie-dense processed foods we tend to st [Read More…]

Scientists Explain Why We Make Bad Food Decisions, Even though We Know it is Bad

By Lisa Franchi on December 18, 2014

Research from the California Institute of Technology found that our ability to exercise self-control in our eating decisions may depend largely on how quickly our brains factor things like taste and healthfulness. For the study, researchers asked 28 student participants who had been fasting for four hours to individually rate 160 foods, on a scale of -2 to [Read More…]

3 Relationship Resolutions You Should Consider this 2015

By Sharon Moore on December 17, 2014

14 days to go and it’s 2015! You probably have listed down your New Year’s resolutions already. Perhaps, they include being more health conscious, losing weight, exercising regularly, being more social and optimistic, thriftier, and so on. The start of the year has always been a good time to start great changes in our life because it makes us rea [Read More…]

Coping Strategies Therapy for Carers of Dementia Patients

By Rebecca Lewis on December 17, 2014

Depression, anxiety and other mental health problems are common among people caring for relatives with dementia. In a new study by Livingston of University College London, researchers suggest a psychological intervention for family carers. They call it STrAtegies for RelaTives (START). The programme involves a coping intervention delivered by psychology gra [Read More…]

8 Foods for Better Sleep

By Amy Taylor on December 17, 2014

If midnight hunger is preventing you from falling asleep, or if you’re just into something to eat before jumping into bed, there are great snacking options that won’t make you feel guilty. Not only that, these foods can actually enhance your sleep! Yes! Cherries New research presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting finds drinking tart [Read More…]

5 Lessons about Success that You Won’t Learn from School

By Sharon Moore on December 16, 2014

Here’s what they always tell us. “Go to school, listen to your teacher, finish college and you will be successful.” Sure, the school prepares us to a better life ahead by teaching us many, many things – from the very basic reading and counting to analysing biological processes, finding the x’s and the y’s, and understandin [Read More…]

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