Take a break in nature

A study has shown that birdsong can help us de-stress quicker.  That's why so many relaxation CDs include birdsong and sounds of nature - running water, wind in the trees, the sound of waves. You can't beat the sound of a nightingale in full song or a song thrush or blackbird singing from the top [...]

Are you lucky or unlucky?

Watching Derren Brown's The Secret of Luck on TV at the weekend and a thought provoking programme about how essentially, we make our own luck. Full of Derren's usual mix of psychology, illusion and showmanship it's basic premise was - Luck comes down to being open to new opportunities. It's not that one person is [...]

Give yourself an MOT

It might be something to do with having passed a significant birthday but I seem to be indulging in a bit of a health MOT - which can only be a good thing. We MOT and service our cars regularly and they're only lumps of metal and plastic - so why not MOT yourself. While [...]

Are You Addicted To Work?

According to researchers in Norway and the United Kingdom - they've come up with a way of measuring how addicted we are to work. "A number of studies show that work addiction has been associated with insomnia, health problems, burnout and stress as well as creating conflict between work and family life," Andreassen says. The [...]

International Women’s Day 2012

Today is International Women's Day - the one day a year when we celebrate women's achievements around the world. Now if this seems discriminatory - consider that women around the world, in many countries are still the oppressed minority. While the situation is improving for many women in different countries, there's still a way to [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For all of you who happen to be single on Valentine’s Day – it’s easy to get fed up with all the endless ads for gifts for your loved one, meals for two and related articles in all the newspapers, magazines and on TV. Don’t bemoan the fact you have no-one special to share the [...]

You’re Never Too Old

Over the weekend Fauja Singh completed the Toronto marathon to become the oldest marathon runner at the age of 100 and he only started running 10 years ago. It goes to show that you're never too old to start something new and while the thought of running a marathon might seem daunting - it's also [...]