The Science of Happy

The Science of Happy

Given we all relate to different types of music in different ways, the notion of “happy” music may seem a bit ambiguous. A song that instils happiness in one individual, may fill another with anger and irritation. But a study by Dutch neuroscientist, Jacob Jolij, indicates some songs are more prone to create a sense of happiness in the listener than others. Jolji defines this formula as a ‘Feel-Good Index’, which primarily uses tempo, key note and positive lyrical content as its parameters*. His findings — Read more →

Mindfulness: Getting away from Mindlessness

Mindfulness: Getting away from Mindlessness

Mindfulness is a term the majority of us have heard passed around: but what exactly is it? It is both as simple as it sounds and surprisingly difficult. Focusing on being aware of our surroundings should be natural to us? So why is it when trying to clear my mind, I suddenly realise my thoughts have the quality of a busy train station at rush hour: lots of hustling and bustling, the calls and smells of food, half-remembered stories and a vague awareness of time — Read more →

Habits: the Good, the Bad, and how we can manage them

Habits: the Good, the Bad, and how we can manage them

Mark Twain once said that: ‘a Habit cannot be tossed out the window: it must be tossed down the stairs a step at a time’. This makes sense to me: if you are going to change your life or habits, do it in stages. When you build a house, you have to go through certain stages to get it ready to live in; you cannot insert the pipe-work until you have built the structuring inside. In other words, it is sensible to think about what — Read more →

Talk It Through

Talk It Through

Our country is really fortunate in that we are able to freely access medication like anti-depressants when we require them to help battle the illnesses in our lives. However, research has suggested that alternative options like Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) are just as effective in many cases as antidepressants in targeting certain mental disorders. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how our thinking affects the way we act. This enables people to work through destructive or negative thoughts and emotions by — Read more →

Guilty Pleasures: Tell the Truth

Guilty Pleasures: Tell the Truth

Come on, own up! We all have them, that one thing you never want anyone to know; maybe you are a 26 year old man who secretly loves Justin Bieber’s new album; or maybe you are a self confessed die hard rock fan who likes nothing more than to go for a scented bubble bath after a long hard day at work. Nothing wrong with either of these examples, if you can relate to one of them, we say embrace it! I will embrace mine — Read more →

NLP: For those who need a basic rundown

NLP: For those who need a basic rundown

If you are anything like me, you will have come across this abbreviation and at first have been intimidated. What is NLP and how challenging is it really? The process of NLP is basically understanding how your mind works and within that, the patterns of everything you do: from the basic things like how you get up in the morning, make your dinner, go to work, to the more complex things like how you fall in love or work out what you want to do — Read more →

7 Healthy Soup Recipes to Warm you up this Winter

7 Healthy Soup Recipes to Warm you up this Winter

1. A classic and delicious tomato soup, warming and packed with vitamin C. 2. Bright and tasty butternut squash soup. 3. Enticing and filling chicken noodle soup. 4.Split pea soup with egg for extra protein. 5. Appetizing Miso broth with mushrooms, rice and chicken. 6. Hearty bean and kale soup. 7. Comforting lentil and herb soup.     For more nutrition tips: Why not try our Grow Your Own Natural Pharmacy course or Super Foods: Supercharge Your Body with Nutrition Wheatgrass course.

Beat the January Blues

Beat the January Blues

It’s Monday, 18th January today, reportedly the most depressing day of the year. Maybe you are feeling a bit low, maybe it’s the weather or you ran out of money post Christmas or it’s just that life feels a bit challenging at the moment. Let’s face it: life can be hard, I mean it is all very well saying when it knocks you down, you should get straight back up again, but it is not all that easy is it? Sometimes we need a push — Read more →

Feed Your Happy Playlist

Feed Your Happy Playlist

Music has a particular power to connect to an inner part of us. For some people, music is a whole way of life: through daily discovery, practise or pursuit. Music expresses what we cannot and lets us expand our feelings and live within them for the duration of the song. As a wave of sound skims over us, we are lifted from the mundanity of everyday life and gain what all people essentially want: understanding. Sad songs can have a cathartic effect and happy ones — Read more →

Staying Healthy While Working in an Office

Staying Healthy While Working in an Office

The biscuit table is calling you and somehow there is always cake in your vicinity. Added to this, most of the day is spent sitting looking at a screen. Getting up to walk to the kitchen or go to the bathroom isn’t much exercise. If you can work in a walk to your daily commute, then at least you can get some fresh air, but that isn’t possible for everyone. Lunch Break Fitness If waking up at 6am before work to go to the gym — Read more →