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April 2018

Happiness Is a Practice, Not a Destination

By | 2018-04-17T14:56:02+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |

A lot of research on happiness and subjective well-being has been done over the last fifty years or so – seems like everyone wants to determine the exact formula for joy. While there is never going to be a specific prescription for attaining happiness, there are some important findings that can be guidelines for us. Here are [...]

Humans Produce New Brain Cells Throughout Their Lives

By | 2018-04-13T11:47:28+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |

Findings could help hunt for treatment for degenerative conditions such as Alzheimers, and psychiatric problems. Humans continue to produce new neurons in a part of their brain involved in learning, memory and emotion throughout adulthood, scientists have revealed, countering previous theories that production stopped after adolescence. The findings could help in developing treatments for neurological [...]

How To Raise Children Who Are Not Spoiled Brats

By | 2018-04-13T11:47:36+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

No one wants to have – or to be around – demanding, selfish, spoiled children; those who throw tantrums or sulk when they're not given everything they want immediately. Paradoxically, the parents of such children encourage this demanding behaviour in the mistaken belief that if they give their children everything they can, their children will be [...]

Equine Therapy: How Horses are Helping Humans Heal

By | 2018-04-13T11:50:14+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |

Horses are being used as mental health aids for humans, with equine therapy taking psychology sessions out of the office and into the paddock. Psychologist Sam Tassini is so enamoured with horses that she has incorporated them into her work and converted a functioning horse float into an office. She practices equine therapy - a [...]

Stand Up to Bullies

By | 2018-04-13T11:47:50+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Humans are the most social species on the planet. Most of us spend most of our lives working, eating, sleeping, and playing in groups that range in size from two people all the way up to nations and humanity as a whole. Woven through the tapestry of our relationships are several major threads. One of these [...]

Video Game Addiction Concerns Mental Health Experts

By | 2018-04-13T11:55:18+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Gambling, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lisa Pont, a social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, has heard plenty of skepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease, as the World Health Organization plans to officially do in a couple of months. “Some people think it trivializes other [...]

5 Ways to Regroup, Reprioritize, and Renew Yourself

By | 2018-04-13T11:48:05+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |

When we think of renewal we often think of rebirth; something old dies and something new is born. This year, winter seems to be hanging on, unwilling to give way to spring and the promise of new life. Although we have a little way to go to really enjoy the warmth and light that spring [...]

Loneliness More Likely to Affect Young People

By | 2018-04-13T11:48:11+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |

Young adults are more likely to feel lonely than older age groups, says a study from the Office for National Statistics. The research found that almost 10% of people aged 16 to 24 were "always or often" lonely - the highest proportion of any age group. This was more than three times higher than people [...]

Why Suspending or Expelling Students Can Do More Harm Than Good

By | 2018-04-09T09:06:49+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The number of students being suspended or expelled from Australian schools is “skyrocketing”, according to news reports. These note a 10% increase in suspensions over two years at NSW primary schools and that students in south-western Sydney are being suspended more than four times as often as students in other parts of the city. Suspension and [...]

5 Telltale Signs You Have High-Functioning Anxiety

By | 2018-04-09T09:06:55+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , , , , |

Are you having trouble sleeping and difficulty controlling your worry? People with high-functioning anxiety experience such symptoms but are still able to get through the day, often due to sheer force. But being high-functioning doesn’t mean you aren’t suffering, and it doesn’t mean you don’t need help, support or to make changes in your daily [...]