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Manchester

Episode 145: Manchester

When I woke up on Tuesday morning last week I thought the worst thing that had happened was that Roger Moore had died.
Turns out he wasn’t on his own as on Monday evening a bomb had been detonated at a concert in Manchester killing 22 people, 7 of them children.
Tuesday became a day of mourning, not just in Manchester, but throughout the UK and all over world.
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The Happiness Paradox

Episode 144: The Happiness Paradox

Being British it’s always a pleasure to see a bit of sunshine, especially this time of year when it’s unexpected, and a few weeks ago we had a weekend where the sun shone and the temperature was the same as it is in the summer.
And, whilst relaxing and watching my son bounce on a trampoline in the garden my wife said to me “If it was always like this, people would be a lot happier.”
My instincts were to agree and I started to nod my head in agreement before stepping back and thinking about it first.
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Old Age & The Brain

Episode 143: Old Age & The Brain

It’s almost Easter already and even though we’ve put the clocks forward it seems like only yesterday when we put them back an hour in the Autumn.
Time flies! I’ve mentioned before that 12 months to a 60 year old will obviously feel 6 times quicker than it does to a 10 year old but there’s also another reason.
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Creating a Positive Mental Attitude

Episode 141: Creating a Positive Mental Attitude

Political divisiveness often gives rise to a tirade of reasons on social media why the other side is wrong.
With the rise of right wing extremism throughout Europe and the USA there seems to be a lot of people wanting Brexit to fail and Donald Trump to fail as President simply to prove themselves right.
But it’s worth looking at these things with a more positive stance. Whether you think these are good ideas or not we should still want things to work out well.
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How To Make Habits Stick

Episode 140: How To Make Habits Stick

It’s a new year!
Time to join in with the tradition that every January we draw a line in the sand and decide to do something different with our lives.
Because doing it in November or December just feels wrong!
I say every year we MUST question whether or not we really want those changes if we waited until January to make them, but there are times when the beginning of a new year will help us to start some new habits or get rid of old ones and so I’m happy to jump on the new year-new you bandwagon with some tips for you.
So, if you are making new years resolutions, these are ways to help them stick.
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Keeping Up With The Joneses

Episode 138: Keeping Up With The Joneses

I have a question for you dear reader.
How much of your real life do you reveal to the external world around you?

If someone asks you how you are, do you bombard them with your frustrations about your selfish spouse? Or about how you feel that your life is going by too quickly and there’s a sense of impending doom everywhere you go?

Or do you say “Fine thanks, you?”.
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The Likeable You

Episode 137: The Likeable You

Many people fall for the mistaken belief that being likeable is linked to something innate and unlearned, something you must be born with.
As if it’s linked to how attractive or talented you are.
Yet in reality being likeable is simply a matter of understanding other people, empathy. A skill that can easily be learned.
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The Psychology Of Extremism

Episode 135: The Psychology Of Extremism

There’s a lot of extremes around lately I’ve noticed.
Whether that’s religious extremism or political extremism it seems that you don’t have to go very far to hear a strong opinion about something from someone.

I regularly talk about finding a middle ground in life, too much concern vs too little concern that sort of thing and that moderate way of thinking doesn’t fit in well with the extremists so it can be difficult to learn how to pull yourself in a little, but it’s not impossible.

Understanding how we formulate these opinions can be very useful though, so here goes.

Firstly let’s look at our ego.
One thing that crops up a lot is that we like to be right…
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Are You A Lobster?

Episode 134: Are You A Lobster?

Almost 2000 years ago the man who was to become St Paul wrote that “Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character”.

Nietzsche put it quite well with his phrase “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”.

And I went into some specifics about that a couple of years ago after a study was published that described the psychological states of students at Northern Illinois University following the valentines day shootings there in 2008.

This process is often referred to as Post Traumatic Growth, the idea that …
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Critical Thinking

Episode 133: Critical Thinking

If you have young children then you’re probably familiar with this one word that crops up every few hours.

Why?

Children are curious and have a lot to learn and so will question everything they come across.
But for some reason we get to an age where…
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There Is Nothing Either Good Or Bad

Episode 132: There Is Nothing Either Good Or Bad

As Old Bill Shakespeare once said "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so"
In this episode I talk about the importance of distinguishing the meaning from an event that causes emotion and finding a better way of looking at it.
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The For And Against Of Imagination

Episode 131: The For And Against Of Imagination

Almost every self help book you read will say something along the lines of "If you can see it, you can be it!"
They tell you about the importance of imagining the end result of your hard work to motivate you to make it happen.
But what if they're all wrong!
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Loneliness & Social Networks

Episode 130: Loneliness & Social Networks

You’d think that the digital age would bring everyone closer together.
On the surface, Facebook looks as if it’s a great idea. It provides a great resource for fulfilling a basic human need.
The need for social connection.
But, rather than enhancing our well-being, research findings suggest that Facebook may actually makes us feel worse.
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