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 HappinessReadmore
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?Readmore
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 YearReadmore
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 ResilienceReadmore
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?Readmore
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?Readmore
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 ThoughtsReadmore
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 & compassionReadmore
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 ReflectionsReadmore
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.Readmore