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  • Being Human is Like a Solar-Powered Watch

    I have a rather old solar powered watch. In the winter it often stops running because under my long sleeves it’s not getting enough sunlight to keep the battery charged. I can relate to that! But not in the way you think. It’s not just actual sunlight that we need. As humans, the sunlight we … Continue reading Being Human is Like a Solar-Powered Watch

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  • The Misleading Mind

    As a child I was fascinated by all living things. From ants to elephants, from microbes to dinosaurs, if it was or had been biologically alive, I was interested. So it was unusual for me to be frightened by a spider. At about the age of 8, I was standing in our home’s backyard laundry … Continue reading The Misleading Mind

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  • How Well Do You Sleep?

    Everyone with a mind capable of thought has had a bad night’s sleep at some time. Everyone has also experienced waking up refreshed and rested. So why can’t we have this all the time? Sleep accounts for a quarter to a third of your life. It is both a natural and a learned process.  It’s … Continue reading How Well Do You Sleep?

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  • Train Your Brain For Happiness

    Although all humans have evolved to have a bias towards looking for the bad things in life, we can also train our brain to look for the good. In this way, positivity can become a habitual way of thinking and being. Please listen to this talk I gave recently about how to train your brain … Continue reading Train Your Brain For Happiness

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  • How Do You Eat An Elephant?

    Shortly after the birth of my first child, we moved interstate for my husband’s work. Even though this would mean that my family and friends would be nearly 900 km away I saw this as an adventure, a challenge for a new mum with a 5-month-old baby. And I’m always up for a challenge! In … Continue reading How Do You Eat An Elephant?

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  • How To Have A Happy Year

    Have you ever considered what makes you define one year as better than another? Is it how much money you make, what holidays you take, major life events such as births, deaths, marriages? What if you put all those labels aside and considered that a good year might just be the total sum of how … Continue reading How To Have A Happy Year

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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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