Richard Nicholls
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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?

Episode 76: Making Decisions

It's a common belief in the modern world that the more choices we have the better we feel.
Visit your local supermarket and you'll probably find at least 100 different choices of butter and 250 different types of crisps, all in varying sizes and types.
It has been long perceived that more choice means that we'll buy more products.
But experiments undertaken a few years ago by Columbia and Stanford Universities show otherwise.

Episode 75: What's In A Name?

Here's something interesting for you.Did you know that having a name that sounds a little bit like the word Dentist, such as Denise or Dennis would mean that you are more likely to become a Dentist than if you're called Brian?
And also that having a surname that begins with an early letter of the alphabet, A, B or C would lead to greater confidence and success in life than if your surname starts with X, Y or Z.
But why??

Episode 74: Pushing Ourselves Further

Before the games started I read an article about predicted medal counts based on population.
In it, we find that Great Britain should have got 32 medals, putting us 8th on the medal table, with the USA and China topping the charts with around 50 medals. This was researched by Meghan Busse of Northwestern University in Illinois.

Episode 73: Conformity

What with the Olympics and a bit of good weather everyone seems to be in a bit of a good mood lately. The weather's taken a dive these last few days but on the whole the last few weeks have been beautiful, and it certainly has shown in my clients.
Amazing isn't it, how the external world around us can have such an influence over the way that we think and feel?

But is it really the external world around us making us feel good?

Episode 72: Purpose

How important is it to have a purpose in life?

Most of us tend to simply muddle along through life, with what seems like no real meaning or purpose.
Ask anyone what their purpose is in life and they probably don't realise that they have one. But we all do.
It may be as simple as just being a good parent, or a spouse, or simply just to die happy.

Episode 71: Perspective

How do we gain a better perspective on life?

The stress of everyday life is usually caused by the simplest of things.

How often in our week do we suffer with a genuine stress such as a bereavement or have to deal with a life threatening situation?
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