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Archive of: 2013

  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Listen to Music!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Listen to Music!

    Whether you prefer Beyonce or Beethoven, listening to your favourite tunes is a proven spirit lifter. Recent research has found that levels of the feel-good brain chemical dopamine increased by 9% when participants listened to music they enjoyed. Listening to music from a happy time in your life will further enhance your experience by inducing the good feelings you enjoyed at the time…

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  • 7 Spiritual Laws For Getting What You Want Out Of Life

    7 Spiritual Laws For Getting What You Want Out Of Life

    I vividly remember the feeling of overwhelming confusion when, many years ago, I was asked what appeared to be a seemingly straightforward question: “What do YOU want?" I was stunned into silence. I had never thought about this before. The person I was talking to was highly amused: _“Is it any wonder you feel stuck? You don’t get anywhere in life if you don’t know where you are going…

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  • Living in the Land of Should

    Living in the Land of Should

    Do you live in the ‘land of should’? Do you find yourself doing what you should be doing and not what you want to be doing all the time? Are you the one always doing the ‘right thing’ by everyone else? So much so that you have lost touch with your innate sense of fun, creativity and spontaneity? Or, maybe on the odd occasion you have tried to do what you like, only to find yourself riddled with feelings of guilt…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Smile!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Smile!

    We are all drawn to people who smile. Studies show that not only does smiling make you more attractive to others, it also tricks your body and mind into changing your mood for the better. It relieves stress, boosts your immune system, lowers your blood pressure, releases ‘feel-good’ hormones and lifts your face to make you look younger and more successful. It also helps you stay more positive…

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  • The Different Parts of Us

    The Different Parts of Us

    I am sure you will agree that we humans are very complex beings indeed. I come face-to-face with these complexities on a daily basis both in my personal and my professional life. One thing I’ve noticed is that most of us are conditioned to pay a lot of attention to certain aspects of our being, to the detriment of other parts of ourselves. And, that this single tendency can lead to a lot of personal distress…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Hug Someone!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Hug Someone!

    Research has shown that just ten seconds of hugging can lower your blood pressure. Hugging triggers the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin and lowers the production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin. Oxytocin is a pleasure hormone. It creates feelings of calmness, contentment, and security, while reducing fear and anxiety. Done regularly, hugging lowers the risk of heart disease…

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  • Benefits of Meditation Practice

    Benefits of Meditation Practice

    The wide and varied benefits to be enjoyed from the regular practice of meditation are awesome. I am always amazed at how something so simple can have such a profound and powerful balancing effective on a person’s mind, body and spirit. Here is a summary of the key benefits that regular daily practice can give us. Reduced stress. Meditation literally reduces stress by reversing the effects of…

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  • Does Worry Blight Your Life?

    Does Worry Blight Your Life?

    If there is one thing that can really cast a shadow over a person’s inner world it is worry. We all do it from time to time but for some people it becomes an incessant activity that has a direct and detrimental effect on their happiness and wellbeing. When I look back at my younger days I am stunned at how much time and energy I spent worrying. I worried about everything; exams, my health, ensuring there…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Do A Chocolate Meditation

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Do A Chocolate Meditation

    Buy some really good quality chocolate. Open the packet and inhale the aroma. Break off a piece and look at it. Pop it in your mouth. Hold it on your tongue and let it melt. Focus all your attention on the sensations in your mouth; the texture, the taste, the whole melting process. If your mind wanders gently bring it back to the present moment. When the chocolate has completely melted, swallow it very slowly…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Start Collecting Compliments

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Start Collecting Compliments

    Buy the best little notebook you can afford and, every time someone gives you a compliment, write it down. This will allow you to acknowledge and appreciate the qualities that others see in you that otherwise may have just passed you by. This is a proven technique for boosting self-esteem, and your notebook will soon become a permanent source of ‘feel good energy’ whenever you feel down…

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