Monthly Archives: September 2016

Neuroplasticity – heard of it?

Neuroplasticity is the remarkable ability of our brains to, in effect, grow and regenerate over time, with stimulation. The attached article has a really good simple diagram explaining this process and how different kinds of thinking effect what happens in our brain. What is really worth noting here is that thinking positively will stimulate the […]

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Assignment Stress

I wish there were more hours in the day. I’ve been working hard on my assignments all week in the hopes of catching up before classes start again, but I don’t feel as though I’ve made much progress. Everything is taking waaaaaay longer than I thought it would. Research and planning aren’t an issue. Actually, I […]

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Holidays …..can you remember your best ever holiday?

Sharing the experience of something we have enjoyed enhances both our personal well-being and the well-being of the person we’re telling. Positive Psychology encourages this connection to others as a way to improve our mental health and the 5 Pillars of Positive Psychology ‘enshrine’ the concept as Positive Relationships ( which we talk about further […]

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Taking a Real Break… For Real!

I know you’ve all been worried sick wondering how I got on with the Evil Head Cold of Doom. I saw the ‘Save the Sheep!’ sky writing, and I gotta say, I felt loved. I don’t know if it was your well-wishes or the many, many cups of honey, ginger, and lemon tea, but I’m […]

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Taking a Real Break

I’m sick. And I blame Brainy. After I tried and failed to get any study done on Monday, I decided that what I really needed was a proper break. Not a weekend. A full week. Life has been nothing but uni, uni, uni since the semester started. When I’m not actually studying, I’ve been thinking […]

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What I have learnt from my Mother

I have actually learnt quite a lot from my Mother -but  I was struck the other day by something significant my mother has developed in herself  which I appreciate and am striving to develop in myself;  and that is an appreciation and gratitude for small things. She notices things that most of us- including me-  […]

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How giving to others and acts of kindness can make us happy

  Did you know that Happiness can be enhanced by giving to others? A newsletter by The Greater Good Science Centre at the University of California (Berkley) highlights several recent studies which suggest that giving to others makes us happy, even happier than spending money on ourselves. What’s more, our kindness might create a virtuous […]

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Time to get to Work! But first, some Procrastination…

Today is supposed to be a study day: a day of boundless productivity and progress that should be flying by in a montage of note-taking, highlighting, pensive gazes into the mid distance and essay writing, with Rhianna’s ‘Work’ playing in the background. At least, that was the plan. I took the whole weekend off, hung […]

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Quick thinking fix – for when you know you are being negative and need to move on

Ok, so maybe you’re aware of the same negative thoughts recurring, seemingly daily. Maybe you’re predicting failure, or worrying a relationship will not work out or imagining a doomed future. These are in fact common thinking scenarios and the bigger problem is we tend to carry these thoughts around and play them over and over […]

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Preparing for the Mid Semester Break

Can you believe it’s almost mid-semester break?! It only seems like yesterday that I was wandering around campus during O Week in a state of utter befuddlement. Now uni feels like a second home. Honestly though, the break couldn’t come at a better time. I’ve been feeling so woolly-headed lately! Things have been hectic. I’ve […]

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