XMas (aka How To Have a Happy, Stress-Free XMas)

Unfortunately, for a lot of people, Christmas is often a stressful time … At this present moment in time with problems in the world economy, many people feel like the expense of Christmas is the last thing they need. But it doesn’t have to be expensive, or stressful at all. Doesn’t Everybody Love Christmas? I always assumed everybody loved Christmas: the cards, the food, the presents, being with the family. Until I heard a radio show a few weeks ago saying that November, December and January are the most difficult months for people who suffer from depression because of the … Read The Full Article …

Trans-Fats (aka The Clever Science That Clogs Our Arteries)

Trans-Fats are used by the food industry to make products last longer and cost less. You may have already heard about trans-fats also called hydrogenated fats. You’ll find them in margarines, cookies, fast food,… The Problem With Hydrogenated Fats ‘Slight’ problem…hydrogenated fats are not naturally-occurring fats. They are made artificially by bombarding fats with hydrogen atoms in order to change their molecular structure. Pretty clever science… but not for our body which does not know how to deal with it and cannot eliminate it. Consequently, hydrogenated fats clog our arteries. They also raise the levels of bad cholesterol and decrease the … Read The Full Article …

Sleep (aka What Our Bodies Get Up To Whilst We’re Dreaming)

Sleep is one of the pillars of health. So why do we need sleep? Although the precise mechanisms and functions of sleep are still being studied and some questions remain without satisfactory responses, one thing is certain: without sleep we do not function properly. Sleep gives our body a quiet time, away from the demands of daily waking functions, to clean, repair, replenish, regulate, restore itself and prepare for another day. Why We Need Sleep: What Sleep Does For Us… Here are some of the processes taking place during our sleep: cells, damaged by free radicals during the day, are … Read The Full Article …

Overthinking: How To Retrain Your Brain To Think Less

Do you agonize over the simplest decision? Do you replay again and again in your head past dialogues or hypothetical ones you wished you had? Do you worry about the consequences of your actions to the point where it’s keeping you awake at night? You are an overthinker. Just like more than half the female population in the US and more than 70% of 25 to 35 year-olds. The good news… thinking IS a good thing. It helps with processing information, making informed decisions, solving problems. The more you think, the more you stimulate your brain, the more intelligent you … Read The Full Article …

The Art Of Nudging: How To Gently Influence Decisions

What do Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merckel have in common? They all believe in ‘Nudging’. They all have ‘Nudge Units’ working for their governments and advising them on how to influence public choices simply by presenting these choices differently. It’s called Choice Architecture. Here’s the example that’s very often given when explaining Nudging because it’s simple yet very effective: changing organ donation from an opt-in to an opt-out option. Rather than having to say you want to donate your organs (which few people do), your organs will be automatically donated unless you say otherwise. Since most people don’t … Read The Full Article …

Learning: The Most Effective Methods To Learn …

… Are not the ones you think In our school days, we concentrate on the content without spending much time learning how to learn. Yet, learning how to learn is not just important as a child or student, it follows you in your adult life whenever you receive or even deliver training. If I’d ask you how you prepare for an exam, last minute bulk revising armed with highlighters would probably come to mind. I know it does for me.  Yet, although Re-reading and Highlighting methods are cited as the most popular learning methods, it might surprise you to hear … Read The Full Article …