Richard Nicholls
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The Gratitude Attitude

Episode 153: The Gratitude Attitude

I was asked in an interview recently that if I had to choose one thing, what would I say is the most effective way of boosting happiness?
In order to answer it I needed to think about all the concepts and exercises that I wrote about in my book to see if there was a common ingredient or theme. What I found is that pretty much everything I wrote about needed a foundation of appreciation, of gratitude in order for them to be of any help.
So what do I mean exactly by gratitude? Well, let’s start at the beginning here because the issue really is that…
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15 Minutes To Happiness

Episode 152: 15 Minutes To Happiness

Have a think about the following question for a moment.

“Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to 10 at the top. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you, and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time, assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it? Which step comes closest to the way you feel?”

This question is asked once per year by Gallup, the famous poll company. They…
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The Dangers Of Manning Up

Episode 151: The Dangers Of Manning Up.

When someone says Be a man, what do you think of?
Act tough?
Don't cry?
Or do you think manning up means to take responsibility for your emotions or accept mistakes and move on?…
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Beating The Winter Blues

Episode 150: Beating The Winter Blues

It might sound daft to some people but gloomy weather does have an impact on our mental health. If its grey on the outside we can easily slip into a grey on the inside feeling, which leads to behaviour that might makes things worse, hiding away from everyone and refusing to leave the so called comforts of home…
Read More...
Grief & Loss

Episode 149: Grief & Loss

The one thing everyone has in common is that we will all in some way be touched by death, whether it’s thoughts about our own demise, or having to deal with someone else’s.
And what’s really important to understand, whether you’re trying to be a supporting friend or you’re a grieving widow, it’s important to understand the rules of grieving, of which there is only one…
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FOMO!

Episode 148: Fear of Missing Out

Last week I noticed that my Sky TV hard drive box was getting full. There were a lot of satirical news programmes that I hadn’t watched and they were probably out of date. There were documentaries about topics that if I was really that interested in I’d have watched them by now. And it made me question why I’d set them to record in the first place.
The conclusion I came to was that it was FOMO. If you’ve never seen that acronym before it stands for Fear Of Missing Out. Which is something…
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Stuff!

Episode 147: The Psychology Of Stuff

Clients will often tell me that they feel overwhelmed with even the simple things in life, their house is a mess and they just don’t know where to start putting it right.
They feel that there’s so much to do that it’s easier to just do nothing and watch everything gather dust, further contributing to their depression and self esteem issues.
So occasionally someones homework is ...
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The Stigma Of Needing Help

Episode 146: The Stigma Of Needing Help

Last week Ant McPartlin spoke out about his struggles with Depression and Anxiety. Making it public because he thinks that it’s important that people going through a rough time ask for help so as to get proper treatment. Great! But he followed it by also saying 'I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.' That’s the part I didn’t like, because...
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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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The Dangers Of Manning Up

Episode 151: The Dangers Of Manning Up.

When someone says Be a man, what do you think of?
Act tough?
Don't cry?
Or do you think manning up means to take responsibility for your emotions or accept mistakes and move on?…
Read More...
Beating The Winter Blues

Episode 150: Beating The Winter Blues

It might sound daft to some people but gloomy weather does have an impact on our mental health. If its grey on the outside we can easily slip into a grey on the inside feeling, which leads to behaviour that might makes things worse, hiding away from everyone and refusing to leave the so called comforts of home…
Read More...
Grief & Loss

Episode 149: Grief & Loss

The one thing everyone has in common is that we will all in some way be touched by death, whether it’s thoughts about our own demise, or having to deal with someone else’s.
And what’s really important to understand, whether you’re trying to be a supporting friend or you’re a grieving widow, it’s important to understand the rules of grieving, of which there is only one…
Read More...
FOMO!

Episode 148: Fear of Missing Out

Last week I noticed that my Sky TV hard drive box was getting full. There were a lot of satirical news programmes that I hadn’t watched and they were probably out of date. There were documentaries about topics that if I was really that interested in I’d have watched them by now. And it made me question why I’d set them to record in the first place.
The conclusion I came to was that it was FOMO. If you’ve never seen that acronym before it stands for Fear Of Missing Out. Which is something…
Read More...
Stuff!

Episode 147: The Psychology Of Stuff

Clients will often tell me that they feel overwhelmed with even the simple things in life, their house is a mess and they just don’t know where to start putting it right.
They feel that there’s so much to do that it’s easier to just do nothing and watch everything gather dust, further contributing to their depression and self esteem issues.
So occasionally someones homework is ...
Read More...
The Stigma Of Needing Help

Episode 146: The Stigma Of Needing Help

Last week Ant McPartlin spoke out about his struggles with Depression and Anxiety. Making it public because he thinks that it’s important that people going through a rough time ask for help so as to get proper treatment. Great! But he followed it by also saying 'I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.' That’s the part I didn’t like, because...
Read More...
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.
Read More...
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.
Read More...
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.
Read More...
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.
Read More...
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.
Read More...
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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