Richard Nicholls
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Episode 92: Dealing With Change

At some point in our lives, we all have to cope with change. Whether that's a change in our job or our relationship, our life sometimes has to become different.

Those of you with children will probably already know how important it is to stick to routines in order to keep a baby content.
If you do the same things in the same way you get the same result.

Episode 89: Self Esteem (Part 3)

Part 3 of Richard's October Self-Esteem series.
This week focuses on the importance of not comparing yourself to others and taking compliments.

Episode 88: Self Esteem (Part 2)

Part 2 of Richard's October Self-Esteem series.
In this weeks episode Richard talks about a little technique picked up from Lisa Nichols in her book "No Matter What"

Episode 87: Self Esteem (Part 1)

What is self-esteem?

Put simply self-esteem is your opinion of yourself.
Good self-esteem means that you know that you're not perfect (no-one is really) but that it doesn't matter.

It helps you to move on after mistakes and gives you strength to make difficult decisions.

Episode 86: Correlation Does Not Imply Causation

Did you know that eating ice cream does not cause drowning?

That Global warming has not been caused by a lack of pirates?

And that Firefighters do not make fires bigger?

You did?
Well done, it means that you've already learned that "correlation does not imply causation"

Episode 85: The Importance Of Being Lazy

I spend so much time teaching people how to be the best they can be, that it's easy to overlook how necessary it is to ensure that you don't push yourself too far.
Clients will often describe their idea of a perfect personality when asking me to help them. Seeking to be this Type A character who is dynamic, driven and enthusiastic. They rarely describe how they're going to relax and enjoy life, and instead perceive that to be a successful human being they must be constantly busy.

Episode 84: Elephant Chains

I recently read an article about the 2015 ban on wild animals in circuses and it reminded me about a psychological process that I call 'Elephant Chains'.

Baby elephants are trained to stand still by being chained to a post.

They pull and pull but are unable to break the chains, so eventually they stop trying.

Episode 83: Eating Bananas And Setting Goals

It might seem a strange thing to email out to you, but I wanted to tell you that the last month has been a very "bananary" month for me.

Hardly a day has gone by without me munching on a banana.

Episode 82: Ignoring The Media And Listening To Music

Here's some interesting research for you.
Did you know that listening to new music can strengthen the area of the brain that's responsible for reward?
Over millions of years our brains have learned to create a rewarding, pleasurable feeling when exposed to something associated with survival of the species such as food or sex.
It does this with the chemical dopamine, but it can also be triggered when we are expecting a reward. Hence why gambling can be so addictive to some people. Even though we know there's a far, far greater chance of losing than winning we still hold onto the possibility of a win and so our brain begins the process of reward. Which can become addictive.

Episode 81: Awakening The Instincts

Research undertaken at the university of Miami recently have shown that when we are primed with negativity, we are more likely to choose higher calorie food, and to eat more of it when we get it.
This is mainly due to our evolutionary history, if you go back a long way, then those of our ancestors that were able to survive through the harsh times were the greedy ones, the people that chose high calorie food over low calorie food.

Episode 80: The Fine Line Between Love And Hate

Interesting fact about the brain for you.
People have often said that there is a fine line between Love and Hate, but do you know why?

There have been countless 'chick flicks' about women falling had over heals in love with someone they hated at first, and just as many stories about couples falling out of love to such a degree that the cute and funny things become immature and detestable.
Well, did you know that it's all down to brain activity and habit?

Episode 79: The Best Medicine

Imagine that you could lose weight, have control over anxiety and depression, prevent ageing and improve your brain power, all without taking any pills and without making trips to the doctor.

Well, guess what? You can, and all the research conclusively proves it, and the secret is simple.

Episode 78: A New Start

It's a new year, and although I'm not a fan of people making new years resolutions as they're often entered into so half half-heartedly that no-one expects them to succeed or last longer than a few weeks, it's still a good representation of making changes or of starting something new.

Episode 77: Time Distortion

Why is it that every year we feel that Christmas is starting earlier?

We've been saying this for generations so if it really was getting earlier every year, then it should be in the middle of August by now.
So what's going on?
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