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The Importance of “Time Off”

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | May 19 2017 | | Tags: , , , ,
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As the summer months are fast approaching, our minds start to wander to the idea of lying by a pool in the glaring sun enjoying some well needed time off work. However, not everyone knows just how important this time off is. Some people feel guilty about taking time off even if they have earned […]

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The Benefits of Volunteering

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | April 21 2017 | | Tags: , , , ,
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 “To serve others and do good”                                                             Aristotle.  Volunteering with and helping others is a great way to enhance your mood and satisfaction with life. Studies […]

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The benefits of humour and laughter

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | April 7 2017 | | Tags: , , , , ,
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Ever heard the old saying “laughter is the best medicine”? Have you ever stopped to think about just how true that really is? Over the years, research has shown the numerous benefits one can reap from simply laughing. Many of the health benefits of laughter may simply result from the social support that laughter ignites. […]

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Mental Health Benefits of Pets

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | March 31 2017 | | Tags: , ,
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Pets are a big responsibility and can place great demands on their owner’s time, finances and lifestyle. But if you ask many pet owners, they will tell you without any hesitation that their pet is worth all of these burdens. What exactly is it that makes having a pet so rewarding? One theory is that […]

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Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | February 17 2017 | | Tags: , , , , ,
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I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more — John Burroughs Spring is here! What better way to welcome the spring by getting active in your garden! Some of you may already be avid gardeners, whilst others would never have dreamed of tending to the […]

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Love’s Effect on the Brain

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | February 10 2017 | | Tags: , , , , ,
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Anybody who has ever experienced the early stages of a romance will recognise the symptoms that can accompany those first few dates – ‘butterflies’ in the stomach, a racing heart, sweaty palms, temporary blindness to the other person’s annoying habits (which become much more obvious later in the relationship!). What is it about love that […]

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Emotions Behind Impulsive Spending

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | January 27 2017 | | Tags: , ,
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January is often a month that we find ourselves scrimping for every cent to see us through the month. Now that January is coming to an end it means pay-day is here and we can all sigh a breath of relief! However, it’s important to be mindful of our spending habits now that we have […]

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Living A Simple Life – The Journey to Minimalism

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | January 20 2017 | | Tags: , , , ,
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Everyone has a different idea of what a simple life means for them. For some, it means removing all but the necessary, avoiding the chaos, and using your time wisely to do what’s important to you. It can mean getting rid of the many things that take up your time so you can spend time […]

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January Blues – Beating the Back to Work Blues

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | January 3 2017 | | Tags: , , , ,
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A lot of us are familiar with that “Sunday night fear” where we dread the prospects of returning to work. This feeling may be all too real, especially now, after the Christmas period. No one particularly enjoys getting back to normality after a fun-filled break, but alas we all must do it. Below are some […]

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Coping with loneliness

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | December 16 2016 | | Tags: , ,
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Many of us will experience loneliness at some point during our lives and for some, it will occur more often than others. It’s important to note that being alone is not the same as being lonely. Everybody has different social needs and if you are comfortable with being alone then there is nothing wrong with […]

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