Training Systems for a New Generation

Work by scientists like Professor Jamie Timmons (University of Birmingham) has been changing the way we see exercise and its role in health promotion in weight loss. We are now at the stage where we can totally reject the idea that plodding away on the treadmill “burns calories”. Instead, we have a new sense that…

Food Cravings

The death knell for dieting

A whole series of scientific papers over the past two years is shining a light on a rather devastating truth: The old notion of “a calorie in, a calorie out” is complete nonsense. It is a rather crude perspective which can describe the energy balance in a machine but not the complex workings of a…

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Don’t Go To Sleep Angry!

Why we shouldn’t go to sleep angry: I am sure you have been told at some stage in your life to “never to sleep on your troubles.” In fact, the idea that we do ourselves no benefit by trying to sleep when we are in emotional torment is nothing new- there are mentions of it…

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Link Between Wellbeing and Exercise Proven

A medical research study has shown that as little as 20 minutes of exercise, three days per week for six months will increase your general feeling of happiness by 10-20%. The measurements used were questionnaire assessments of life-contentment and wellbeing which the participants completed themselves at the beginning and end of the exercise trials. The…

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Energy Healing: Pranic, Tantric, and Reiki explained

You may well have encountered exotic terms such as “chakra”, “prana”, “aura”, and “tantra” in the course of your reading on spirituality, healing, and sexuality. This article is about demystifying the vocabulary around spiritual and energy healing and, in so doing, giving us a better foundation for understanding. Chakra and Aura in Pranic healing In…

How to be happy

How To Be Happy: Part 4

In the penultimate article in this series of four How To Be Happy installments, we considered three further paths towards happiness: spirituality, excising negativity, and self-expression. To conclude the series, let us consider two final highways to happiness: sensory experience, and work or study. 10) Pleasurable sensory experience. The pop singer Boy George once said…

How to be happy

How To Be Happy: Part 3

In the previous article in this series of four How To Be Happy installments, we considered three further paths towards happiness: positive intention, gratitude and time stress. To continue the series, let us consider three further aspects to happiness: spirituality, excising negativity, and self-expression. 7. Spirituality. Muhammad Ali said that the religions of the world…

How to be happy

How To Be Happy: Part 2

In the first article in this series of four How To Be Happy installments, we considered what happiness is and looked at three routes to enhance it: adaptation to change, interacting with others, and giving. In this second installment, let us consider three further building blocks: intention, gratitude, and stress relief. 4) Positive intention. One…

How to be happy

How To Be Happy: Part 1

The desire to be happy might well be the glue which holds humanity together.  The Dalai Lama said that he feels an instant connection with whomever he meets on his travels, regardless of their nationality, age, or religion – because he shares in common with them two crucial elements: the desire to be happy and…

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Mindfulness: becoming positive

Mindfulness We will begin this article by introducing the concept of mindfulness, which stems from the heart of eastern spiritual traditions and is gaining currency in the West. The central characteristic of mindfulness is to be aware of one’s own mental activity; to mark it as an observer would and thus become detached from it.…

Relationship tips: communicate for a happy and healthy partnership

Relationship tips Relationships are essential to us in our day to day lives, whether they are with parents, friends, boyfriends or girlfriends, they all add pleasure and significance to our sense of wellbeing. But when a breakdown in communication occurs we can suffer terribly.  Being able to handle the myriad of differences that exist within…

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The Law Of Attraction: do opposites attract in matters of love?

The Law Of Attraction “Opposites attract” is a law, at least where electromagnetism is concerned. But are there laws which govern attraction between two people? According to zoologists, sexual attraction between animals is partly determined by chemicals called pheromones, which are used as a means of communication. For example, some species of ape rub pheromone-laden…

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Work Relations: Creating Effective and Efficient Relationships

Work Relations Avoiding Conflict in the Workplace: Cultivating exceptional relationships in team environments Human relationships A human relationship is delicate like a living thing. It grows, can sustain damage, has the power to repair itself, blooms when given the right nutrients and care, and it seems to have a life and character all of its…

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Treatment For Insomnia: 21 tips to help you sleep well

Treatment for Insomnia A sufficient amount of deep sleep is essential to your quality of life, it underpins your performance at work and your mental and physical health. In this article, we take a “carpet-bombing” approach to the problem and brainstorm as many approaches as possible to help you beat your insomnia. It is important…

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Meditation Techniques

Meditation Techniques Meditation refers to a conscious and focused state of physical and psychological relaxation. Practitioners of the art report experiencing increased awareness, heightened concentration, and a profound sense of well being. Once considered a pillar of alternative medicine, research over the last decade has begun to reveal that meditative states confer a variety of…

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Stress relief: increase your relaxation intake easily!

Stress Relief The major blight of contemporary urban living; stress exerts a dramatic influence on both our bodies and minds, affecting both our physical and mental health. The massive surge in cardiac problems in the West has been linked to stress, and in particular the stress induced by incessant deadlines and clockwatching. In recent studies,…