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Three surprising happiness health secrets

Reading Time: 3 minutes What makes you happy? Is it a day at the beach listening to the sounds of the waves? How about a piece of your favorite chocolate cake? Or maybe a morning jog as the sun rises? All these things can bring about happiness, but did you know it’s actually due to the chemical reactions these […]

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The relationship between endorphins and happiness

Reading Time: < 1 minute Do you feel less stressed after a good run? How about more grounded during yoga? Or refreshed after a relaxing massage? That’s because of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters (chemicals that send messages throughout the body) released through aerobic exercise and other calming activities with the effect of relieving or reducing pain. They’re a type of […]

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The connection between oxytocin and happiness

Reading Time: 2 minutes If all you need really is love, then oxytocin may be where it’s at. This neurotransmitter is categorized as one of the four “happiness chemicals” (in addition to dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins) and is known for its link to feelings of love and connection. Oxytocin is created in the hypothalamus gland and released by the […]

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The link between dopamine and happiness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Doesn’t it feel good when you’ve completed a big project, learned something new, or achieved a set goal? That sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is a reward that’s attributed to our state of happiness. Quite often, that’s due to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is one of four neurotransmitters known as happiness chemicals. Along with serotonin, […]

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Understanding our physical happiness chemicals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Contrary to what we may think, happiness is not all in our heads. Chemicals in our physical makeup play a significant role in the state of our happiness and the actions we take can inspire our bodies to make more. This means that what we think, the behaviors we exhibit, the food choices we make, […]

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What is manifestation and how can it improve your life?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Manifestation is strongly linked to the law of attraction. If there is something you desire, you have to ask for it in order for it to happen. Essentially, it is the process of thinking positively or having aspirational thoughts with the purpose of turning them into reality. Bob Proctor, the famous Canadian self-help author who […]

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Understanding the mind-body connection for positive mental health

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can developing mindfulness support positive mental health? Positive mental health is determined by a variety of factors and while it’s impossible to control everything that happens around us, developing mindfulness can be a strong step in the right direction when it comes to experiencing greater happiness and a positive state of mind.  Why should […]

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Reflect, Reset and Rebuild!

Reading Time: 4 minutes The New Year is here and it brings a time of reflection and goal-setting. Last year was historic in terms of challenges but it was also a year of resilience. Whilst we may not know what challenges are ahead, we’ve all proven our resilience by actively progressing forward in life — physically, personally, professionally, emotionally […]

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Success – a dish best shared

Reading Time: 2 minutes The simple act of recognizing success is incredibly powerful, but so often in life it seems that the natural thing to do is to be humble and shy in coming forward to celebrate our successes. We fear being recognized, but why is this? Some believe, it’s because at a deep internal level, we can all […]

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Kindness: Good for our minds?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Throughout history, difficult times have drawn out the best in human nature. Across the globe natural disasters, wars and economic recessions have been testament to this and it’s no different today. Each situation has been unprecedented and each has had its own unique struggles but, in each, we have seen truly inspirational acts of generosity […]

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Understanding happiness and how it helps our mental wellness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Does defining it help us to achieve it? Most of us would say we would like to be happy. We have a rough idea of what happiness is: that good feeling about ourselves, our work, our life and everyone around us. We certainly know when we feel unhappy. But it can be quite difficult to […]

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Positive mental health for wellness

Reading Time: 2 minutes The true power of positive thinking We human beings do spend an enormous amount of time worrying. It’s a bit like living in a badly insulated house. All of that energy we expend on having negative thoughts about the past, present or future simply heads off into the ether without achieving anything useful. And guess […]

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Generosity matters for our mental health and happiness

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes it’s worth stating the obvious: our world would be a better place if we were all a bit kinder towards each other.  So how can we make that happen? I read somewhere that today, generosity is almost as endangered as rainforests – as we all strive to pursue our own happiness. But don’t we […]

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The Habits of Happy People

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s one of the age-old questions; what is the secret to happiness? Being happy is not just a mood – it’s a state of mind that frames our outlook on life and has a confirmed positive effect on our mental and physical health.1 It’s easy to sit back and wait for happiness to come to […]

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