A Dozen Top Tips for a Less Stressful Christmas

Christmas is, according to whichever survey you read, always somewhere in the top 20 most stressful events of life – it’s often ranked as highly as sixth.  Most of the other events are infrequent for most of us (deaths, marriage, divorce, house moves etc), but Christmas comes around with great regularity! According to one survey, 86% of peop [Read More…]

CBT Repairs Brain Abnormalities in People with PTSD

By Amy Taylor on December 11, 2013

In a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers from the University of Szeged in Hungary reported that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or talk therapy may help improve the condition of individuals with PTSD by reducing the biological disturbances in the brain that resulted from trauma exposures. Post-traumatic stress disorder [Read More…]

Nuts and Your Health

By Lisa Franchi on December 11, 2013

Crunchy, tasty and oh so healthy! Nuts, although touted for being a calorie-dense snack, are a great snacking option for all of you who are looking to improve their health and lower their risk of certain diseases. So what, exactly, are the health benefits of nuts? Longevity A large study, which involved 119,000 women and men for decades, revealed that the [Read More…]

Poor Sleep Linked with Mood Problems and Daytime Sleepiness in Severely Obese People

By Sharon Moore on December 11, 2013

Researchers from the US and the UK assessed the quality of life of 270 severely obese people and found a strong link between poor sleep and mood disturbances and high levels of daytime sleepiness. The findings, published in the journal Sleep, revealed that one in four of the participants experience poor sleep, with an average of six hours and 20 minutes eac [Read More…]

Are You Ready to Forgive?

By Rebecca Lewis on December 11, 2013

We all are guilty of hurting someone, whether intentionally or unintentionally. At the same time, we have all experienced being hurt or betrayed by another person at one point or another. There are offences that we forgive and forget easily, but there those that we just can’t, no matter how hard we try. But holding on to grudges does not only bring us [Read More…]

Exercise Cuts Dementia Risk, 35-Year Study Suggests

By Lisa Franchi on December 10, 2013

There are many things we do that are destructive to our health. On the other hand, there are just a few health practices that we should observe to attain good health, and possibly, cut our risk of dementia. A group of researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine have identified five healthy behaviours as being integral to having the best c [Read More…]

A Day of Mindfulness Alters Gene Expression, Study Suggests

By Rebecca Lewis on December 10, 2013

Previous research has shown that practising meditation regularly can literally change the brain structure, resulting to better cognition. Now, a new study from US and European scientists suggests specific molecular changes within the body following a period of mindfulness meditation. For the current study, the researchers examined the effects of a day of ex [Read More…]

8 Tips to Get Back on Your Old, Healthy Self

By Sharon Moore on December 10, 2013

We’re down to the last month of the year. Most of us are excited about making a fresh new start in their life. It could be a change in career or a healthier lifestyle. But before that, we want to make the most out of the remaining days of 2013 by attending family gatherings, reunions and parties – overflowing with beer and lots and lots of junk f [Read More…]

The Bright Side of Pessimism (5 Benefits of a Little Negativity)

By Amy Taylor on December 10, 2013

We all know that positive thinking is one key to success and happiness in life. Vast studies have shown that optimism does have plenty of benefits, most are health-related. These include better cholesterol, stronger immunity, less stress, and lower risk of stroke. Optimism is always viewed as a positive attitude. But some experts believe that it is really [Read More…]

10 Signs You’re Emotionally Intelligent

By Rebecca Lewis on December 09, 2013

Intelligence and creativity are no doubt important to success. But emotional intelligence is equally important as well – not just in our journey to success but also towards lasting happiness. But how do you know if you are scoring high on emotional intelligence?   Emotional intelligence, as described by Professor John D. Mayer of the University o [Read More…]

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