Good Grief

As a child I used to wonder why we had the expression ‘Good Grief’, thinking how can the death of a loved one be a good thing? I was reminded by my mother that at age 4 there was the death of my aunt, when told she had died my reply was ‘Who Shot Her’, clearly from the movies my father used to watch old westerns.  My experience [Read More…]

Gardening for Depression: A Better Way to Fight the Blues

By Rebecca Lewis on May 22, 2012

Good news for sun lovers – the sun is going to shine brighter from Wednesday onwards. Despite the frosty season, weather forecasters said the temperature will reach 25C. It’s going to be a fun-filled week for most people. At the same time, it can be a great time for people suffering from depression to improve their condition through gardening. G [Read More…]

Why We Sometimes Ask, What Was Your Relationship with Your Father And Mother Like?

CASE STUDY (Fictitious example) Clare is 42 years old and is seeing a counsellor, she has had a few romantic relationships although she struggles to make them work and ends up ending them. After she is supported in examining what went wrong in each relationship the counsellor asks what her relationship with her parents were like? What was they’re rela [Read More…]

8 Tips to Lessen the Stress and Tension during Exam Seasons

By Monica Wilson on May 21, 2012

While May means blossoming trees and fun for most people, it can be a long, agonising time for students. The exam season always bring stress to everyone – parents and students alike. The good news is that there are several ways to minimise the tension and improve chances of scoring high. Below are 8 of them:      1.   &nb [Read More…]

Taking a Short Nature Walk is Beneficial for People, Even for those with Clinical Depression

By Lisa Franchi on May 18, 2012

If you’re feeling stressed, down and depressed, you might want to leave your busy world for a while and take some time walking in the woods. Why? According to a new study published in the journal of Affective Disorders, a short trip to the nature can help improve memory and attention rate, even in the case of depressed people. The said study adopted t [Read More…]

Study Finds Chinese Herb Kudzu May Cut Binge Drinking

By Sharon Moore on May 18, 2012

In a study published recently in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers looked at one of the major components of Kudzu – a traditional Chinese herbal medicine and found that it has the ability to lower down alcohol level in the body. Kudzu for Binge Drinking Kudzu is a climbing, trailing vine native to Southeast Asia and Japan. History wise, t [Read More…]

Avoid Emotional Eating If You Want to Lose Weight

The key to losing weight, and keeping it off forever, is not to follow a diet, but rather, a healthy nutrition programme for the rest of your life. Bob Greene writes, in his book Get With The Programme, that if there is a secret to permanent weight loss, it is the complete elimination of emotional eating. Emotional eating occurs when we eat because of somet [Read More…]

Too Much Sugar Can Slow Down Learning and Memory, New Study Says

By Lisa Franchi on May 17, 2012

Previous studies have shown that too much sugar can lead to obesity, diabetes, and problems in the liver. But a new study suggests that it can affect the brain function too. High Fructose Sugar and Brain Function In an experiment on rats, researchers from the University of California found that sugary diet can lead to memory and learning problems. For six [Read More…]

Top 10 Ways Single Parents Can Enhance Their Children’s Happiness And Well-being

By Lauren Nicholson on May 16, 2012

Recent statistics from the EU’s statistical arm have revealed that in Britain, more children are being raised in single-parent families than in many other major European countries, with figures showing as many as one out of five children living with either just mum or dad. Studies have found that children are doubly at risk of developing a mental disor [Read More…]

Why You Wouldn’t Want to Eat Lunch in Your Workstation - Your Desks May Be Dirtier Than Toilet Seats

By Helen Holmes on May 16, 2012

Indeed, people have become a lot busier these days than they were decades ago. Today, most employees prefer to take their lunches to the office than to go out – most probably to save time. But health experts don’t think this is a good idea. On a latest American study, researchers revealed that people who are used to ‘desktop dining’ c [Read More…]



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