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Does sleeping with your pets help or hinder?

Posted on 22. Jan, 2016 by .

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Do you sleep with your pets? Although I would love to sleep with my cats, I realised a few years ago that it did nothing to help my sleep. I would invariably end up in the weirdest positions and generally not on my pillow – somehow one of my cats had taken that over. Then […]

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Certain video games may aid memory

Posted on 15. Jan, 2016 by .

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Playing 3D games for 30 minutes a day may lead to improvements in memory according to recent research. The University of California, Irvine study had 69 participants aged between 18 and 22 play either 30 minutes a day of Angry Birds (a 2D game), 30 minutes of Super Mario 3D World or do nothing at […]

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The 24 character strengths – an infographic

Posted on 09. Jan, 2016 by .

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I have written numerous articles on the 24 character strengths identified by Peterson and Seligman.  Since there is a lot of information to cover, it occurred to me that it would be useful to have a quick at-a-glance guide to all of the strengths. So I decided to create an infographic which provides an easy summary of […]

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Health risks of altered sleep routines

Posted on 02. Jan, 2016 by .

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One tip sleep experts give to help people with insomnia is to go to bed the same time every night and get up the same time each morning. This includes the weekends. However, many people do not do this – instead saving up their sleep for the weekend. It would seem that there is also […]

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How to leave work where it belongs

Posted on 18. Dec, 2015 by .

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It’s not always easy switching off after a day’s work – something often made more difficult when you didn’t complete a task. You know the feeling – even though you’ve left  the office, you’re taking work with you as you mull over what you have yet to complete. A new study offers a solution. Before […]

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Learning a second language may bring future benefits

Posted on 11. Dec, 2015 by .

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Past research has suggested that learning a second language brings benefits to your brain. See here and here. New research suggests that it can even aid recovery to people who had experienced a stroke. The study was carried out by Edinburgh University in conjunction with the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences in India. The study […]

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Benefits of music after surgery

Posted on 27. Nov, 2015 by .

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Back in August I reported on some research that showed listening to music before, during and after surgery reduced stress and anxiety and helped relieve pain. New research has analysed the data of 47 studies that examined the benefits of music to patients having surgery. The findings were clear – music resulted in 31% less […]

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Did you get out on the wrong side of the bed last night?

Posted on 20. Nov, 2015 by .

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It could be because your sleep was interrupted. Sleep can have a massive effect on our health and wellbeing. It can also put us in a grump if we’ve not had a good quality sleep. New research suggests it is being woken up during the night that causes more problems than merely not getting enough […]

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Get an allotment and boost your wellbeing

Posted on 13. Nov, 2015 by .

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In 2012 I reported on a study that showed being a gardener was one of the happiest professions you can have. If, in the unlikely event you haven’t changed careers, then perhaps you should get an allotment instead. New research conducted by the universities Westminster and Essex in the UK found having an allotment brings […]

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