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“Praying May Be Crucial To Better Subjective Well-Being”

A 2008 British study carried out by researchers at the Universites of Leicester, Ulster and Sheffield Hallam and other institutions says: “praying may be crucial to better subjective well-being” The research is entitled “Prayer and subjective well-being: the application of a cognitive-behavioural framework” and it explored the idea that “prayer has a beneficial effect on subjective well-being”. […]

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Humour Counteracts Pain

Sometimes we laugh so much it hurts.  Can it be that we laugh so much it stops hurting, or at least hurts less? According to a recent study, “proper laughing…that reaches the eyes” helps reduce pain and “promote feelings of well being”. So if you’ve ever felt a bit guilty that you’re wasting time watching yet […]

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Caffeine, Consciousness and Choices

Today’s blog is by Assistant District Manager, Melvyn Howe. Coffee: a humble bean from a relatively uninteresting looking plant that has mutated into a bewildering array of steaming over-the counter beverages. They have become the mainstay of concentration for large numbers of often academically burdened – and, indeed, socially enthusiastic – students. The beverage, which […]

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12 Spiritual Steps to a Healthier Christmas

I am one of those children for whom Advent calendars meant just one thing: chocolate – a daily dose ahead of a Christmas Day overdose. I can’t remember if those calendars also had religious or secular words of wisdom, but I clearly recall the thrill of peeling back each dated window to reveal that day’s […]

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NHS Workers Show the Value of Keeping Health Care Options Open

Mainstream, traditional, conventional and orthodox – all words which, when applied to medicine, suggest a must-have of hospitals, pills, uniformed nurses and doctors with stethoscopes. But it’s not that simple. It is becoming increasingly mainstream to want access to a wider variety of health care options than the NHS normally provides. Each year UK families […]

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Stress-Busters 101 – How to Take Control!

The following blog, by my Florida colleague Bob Clark, was first published as Choosing Health Research shows that stress is a leading cause of serious health problems. When confronted with stress and the health problems it may cause, do we have any choice in the matter? The Mayo Clinic’s website, in an article titled, Stress management, […]

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Pills? Or “Positive Self-Perceptions of Aging”?

My friend Ken Girard posted the following blog as Boomers – What’s Around the Corner. Approximately one-fourth of the [United States] population are baby-boomers. That’s right—one-fourth.  There are 76,000,000 of us (yes, I’m one…too). That’s an enormous market. Where are they headed?  Perhaps the larger curiosity is, where is their money headed? According to The Washington Post (“AGING AMERICA: Baby […]

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Treat Yourself to a Daily Dose of Peace

Regular meditation can produce “beneficial effects on well-being”, a recent study has found. According to its extensive research key elements of mindfulness can measurably cut down stress, which in turn reduces blood pressure and boosts the immune system.This is good news for people who regularly meditate and it may encourage some who don’t to take it up.A […]

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Can a Shift in Thought Push us Past Limitations?

Around the country sportsmen and sportswomen are diligently preparing for the London Olympics. Everyone wants to do the best they can and, if possible, perform better than they ever have before. Most are committed to competing and winning fairly although a few might be struggling with the temptation to take drugs to enhance their performance. […]

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