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Why Eating Comfort Food Can Be Good For You

The general health-trend is a move away from unhealthy comfort foods to increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in our diets. But research recently published on behalf of BUPA has found a link between mood and comfort food. The researchers found that comfort foods literally did make people feel comforted: Dr Pablo Vandenabeele, psychiatrist […]

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61 Ways To Increase Productivity And How To Achieve Goals In Life

I originally read this article on goal-achiever.com but as that website appears to have disappeared I decided to republish it here. I can’t vouch for how scientific some of the tips are but nonetheless there are some great tips on the list! 1. Eye Of The Tiger Practice your best “eye of a tiger” in a mirror (or […]

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The Amazing Effect of Granting a Wish to Seriously Ill Children

Charities such as the Make-A-Wish foundation work tirelessly to provide magical gifts and experiences to children who are living with life-threatening and often terminal conditions. But beyond providing a magical experience does this positive intervention offer any further effects on the well-being of the children receiving? Most would agree that it does and argue that it […]

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The Loneliness Trap

Despite increasing recognition and acceptance of mental health issues, Western cultures remain obsessed with the pursuit of happiness. Negative emotions such as depression and anxiety can still leave people marginalised. Previous research has shown that social expectations to feel and act in a positive manner can actually increase feelings of sadness and reduce well-being. New research […]

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How do Families Best Balance Work and Family?

Dual earning family households face difficultly maintaining a work-life-family balance, but as this situation becomes increasingly common what strategies do families employ to deal with the challenges? New research aimed to provide insight into how dual earning families cope: This work constitutes an attempt to tackle these gaps by focusing on the specific strategies that […]

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Can Simple Activities Increase Well-being?

Self-help books can provide a confusing array of activities or things that people can do to increase well-being and happiness. While some self-help books are based on evidence, the majority are not. With this in mind researchers aimed to identify the conditions necessary for well-being: Investigators have recently begun to study the optimal conditions under […]

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Can You Forgive?

As famously stated by Gandhi “the weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” But what attributes or conditions are required to forgive? Research recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology aimed to examine how happiness correlates with forgiveness. We attempt to investigate whether people with different happiness levels and different […]

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Flow: The Secret to Happiness?

Former president of the American Psychological Association, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is best known for his work examining happiness and creativity, fitting in nicely with the recent popularity of positive psychology. Considered by some as his pioneering work into happiness Csikszentmihalyi is the architect of the notion of ‘Flow’ The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life […]

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