Richard Nicholls
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Episode 64: Money Makes The World Go Round?

In the middle of a recession it's easy to feel a bit grumpy, as the price of petrol soars and you can no longer get those tins of 9p baked beans, but we're still living in one of the richest countries in the world.
Yet despite this we're also one of the most miserable, I think as a collective we've developed some very bad habits. Certainly we've lost touch of what makes us happy and tend to do the things that we only 'think' will make us happy and it's often far removed from the reality of happiness and pleasure.

Episode 63: First Impressions Count

Following on from last months podcast about knowledge vs belief. I received an email from Lydia.
And she suggested that belief will start with knowledge "When there is no reason to doubt it or every reason to agree"
She went on to mention the phrase first impressions count, and it reminded me of a popular experiment that showed what's called The Primacy Effect.

Episode 62: False Belief

A few months ago my wife and I were watching the television and someone, I forget who, was taking the mick out of Dec from Ant and Dec, saying how short he was.
My wife caught me giggling and, quite rightly, told me that I was in position to laugh, after all he was no shorter than me. Not wishing to be put in the same height category as Declan Donnelly, I googled him and found that he was 5ft 6 inches tall.

Episode 61: Absolutes

I met a colleague the other day and she said "Hasn't the weather been rubbish, typical English summer, it's always grey."

Now it hadn't, it was grey right at that moment and the weekend hadn't been brilliant, but the week before had been quite nice, certainly T-shirt weather.
And it reminded me of the many and varied clients I get who sit in front of me and moan about their partners. "He ALWAYS comes home angry" or "She NEVER takes me seriously" they might say.

Episode 60: Thought Control

We all have Worries, troubles and fears, and I have clients that say that their thoughts seem to control them, they create emotions they don't want and encourage a negative frame of mind.
But they talk as if their thoughts are external, as if it's not them that are making these thoughts happen.

Episode 59: Belief

In 1855 an athlete called Charles Westhall took part in a 1 mile race in London and won with an amazing time of 4 minutes 28 seconds

Steadily year after year runners were able to shave seconds off this time until they were able to push themselves to their absolute limit and in 1945 a swedish runner named Gunder Hagg, completed a mile in a fraction over 4 minutes and 1 second.

Episode 58: Anchoring Emotions

About a year ago, my Mother-in-law fell over in the street on her way back from picking my son up from school.

She wasn't badly hurt, just a few bumps and bruises but my has son never forgotten it.
The main reason he's never forgotten it is because he thought it was funny.

As his lunchbox skidded into the road and his Grandma "Oooffed!" her way to the floor he burst into hysterics.

Episode 57: Negativity And Perspective

I often find that my clients can get themselves into a 'stressed' rut, a habit of seeing negativity in everything around them.

I'll explain what I mean, one week their work is too busy for them to keep a clear head and they're stressed, the following week it's quiet and they're worried about losing their job and become stressed.

Episode 56: Health And Happiness

Not only did February give us Valentines Day and National Marriage Week, it also saw National Chip Week and Pancake Day, because nothing says "I love you" quite like heart disease.

Having said that being physically healthy is all about moderation of unhealthy foods rather than cutting it out.
But what about being mentally healthy?

Episode 55: Imagination vs Reality

I came across some interesting statistics the other day.
In the UK there are around 700 murders per year but around 6000 suicides.

Based on that if ever you are feeling vulnerable when you are out it is true to say that the people around you are almost 10 times more likely to be thinking about doing harm to themselves than to you.

Episode 54: Change

One thing I notice every January is an increase in clients seeking help in 'giving up' something or 'quitting' something.
Wouldn't it be nice if instead of thinking about giving up something we thought about starting something instead?
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