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  • How Positive Emotions Build Resilience

    I love Sydney at this time of year. I love the long, warm days with cooler nights. I love how, after the heat of the day, Sydney’s sea breeze keeps the evenings comfortable. I love to sit outside after work or on weekends with good friends, and good wine, watching the sun set and I … Continue reading How Positive Emotions Build Resilience

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  • One Size Fits All?

    Don’t you hate it when you’re out shopping and find something you like, but the tag says “one size fits all”?  And you know that means it’s going to be either too big or too small, because the “one size” just means “we’re going to throw the net out wide when it comes to sizing … Continue reading One Size Fits All?

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  • Does Worrying About Not Sleeping Keep You Awake?

    I had one of those nights last night. You know – one where you wake at 3am and think, is this it? Will I sleep anymore tonight? I’m sure many of you can relate to that. So what do you do? Do you fuss and worry about it? Do you toss and turn? Perhaps you … Continue reading Does Worrying About Not Sleeping Keep You Awake?

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  • Managing Those Negative Thoughts

    My father-in-law passed away earlier this year, two weeks before his 97thbirthday. When my husband emptied his house, he discovered 2 boxes filled with hundreds of slides which we found, after converting them to digital format, dated back to the 1950s. I had known my father-in-law for 34 years before he passed away. He was … Continue reading Managing Those Negative Thoughts

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  • Gratitude, kindness & compassion

    My parents came to Australia as refugees in the 1950s. The neighbourhood was not welcoming. Although their English was good, their accents were strong. Australians at that time were unfamiliar with strong accents and strange European names, and their normal human reaction was to be suspicious of what they are unfamiliar with. My father changed … Continue reading Gratitude, kindness & compassion

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  • Reflections

    This beautiful photo was captured by a friend of mine whilst holidaying in Italy. It made me think of this word “reflection”, in fact you might say it made me reflect on the word. The most common meanings are: To think about or to deliberate on something, introspection, review in your mind To mirror, cast … Continue reading Reflections

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  • The Brain That Changes Itself – Dr Norman Doidge

    A fascinating video about what the human brain is capable of. If brain plasticity is of interest to you (and if you can ignore the interviewer’s hype), watch this.

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  • Peeling Carrots

    Growing up I remember that although my mother did all the cooking at home, my father would always make sure there was healthy snack food around, like carrots, celery and fresh fruit. On weekends I’d sometimes sit at the kitchen table with him while he peeled and sliced the fruit and vegetables he’d bought from … Continue reading Peeling Carrots

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  • Three Ways To Manage Cravings

    Hi. My name is Judy and I’m a chocoholic. How do I know this? Because when I walk past the chocolate section in the supermarket I have to look the other way. Cadbury’s chocolate entices me, Tim Tam biscuits beckon me. Sweet white chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, filled, praline, dark and bitter-sweet – it all … Continue reading Three Ways To Manage Cravings

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  • Increasing Your Positivity

    I’m fortunate to live in one of Sydney’s leafy suburbs, surrounded by a variety of different trees and bushes. And where there are trees, there is wildlife. This morning a dozen or more rainbow lorikeets were flying and chattering outside my bedroom, showing off their beautiful plumage and enjoying the nectar of the flowering bushes. … Continue reading Increasing Your Positivity

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