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What Determines Happiness?

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We all want to be happy and free from troubles. It seems like the core of our being is to seek and hopefully finally reach the Holy Grail of happiness. The big question is how do we go about it? How do we become happy? Sonja Lyubomirsky sheds light on the most important determinants of […]

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Slow down, you move too fast

Pedestrians by Brian Merrill

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” Paul Simon and John Lennon knew what they were talking about, but it seems that the world today doesn’t take much heed of their words. Life today is fast, incredibly fast. Many of us lead busier lives than we would like – we get up […]

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Commit to be Fit

Runner in Chicago by Kyle Cassidy

You get home after a long day’s work, you’re tired, drained, and all you want to do is set up camp in front of the TV for the night (even the thought of having to make dinner is painful). Sound all too familiar? Indeed, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind after a […]

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Focusing on Mental Fitness

Running with seagulls by Ed Schipul

Changing the stigma related to mental health has been challenging in the past few decades and most experts would agree that using positive language can make a difference. Focusing on wellness and well-being goals and avoiding medical language is a good start. Physical fitness is a popular goal for people who want to get into […]

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Mindfulness meditation

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Mindfulness is basically the act of being aware of your current experience, and encapsulates practices that promote our awareness of the moment. Its practice emanates from that of Buddhist monks who used such techniques. One can be mindful doing a multitude of activities, but common ways of cultivating the practice are through yoga and mindfulness […]

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Releasing Patient Information

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Keeping informed about good practice and guidelines is essential to maintaining and developing medical standards. This is arguably more relevant within the mental health sector where it is hoped that patient confidentiality and record keeping comply with applicable privacy standards and legal regulation. However a question arises, and quite frequently at that, namely, when is […]

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Look out !

The Tionesta Scenic and Research Natural Areas by Nicholas A. Tonelli from Pennsylvania, USA

With the weather yet to catch on to the idea that Spring has officially started, you’d be forgiven if you’ve not been out for a walk for a while. But there are good reasons for forcing yourself out of the door whatever the weather, especially if you can get to a park, the beach, or […]

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The Value of Laughter

Everyday Psychology | Posted by barry | May 26 2016 | | Tags: , , , ,
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Over the past number of weeks I have been reminded about the value of laughter – sharing a funny experience with someone, laughing at oneself or just having a private chuckle when reminiscing about a funny memory. Laughter has been shown to increase emotional arousal and secrete chemicals which give us pleasure. Others laughing is […]

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