I was a bit apprehensive about doing a talk to the Sunday Assembly group about how to wire the brain for joy on the 15th November 2015, just two days after the terrific atrocities that happened in Paris. I was still feeling quite stunned and heavy hearted, as I know so many other people were … More May the Joy Be With You – Rewiring the Brain Towards Joy, Sunday Assembly London: 15th Nov 2015
Studies have shown that being altruistic (doing something for others without expecting a reward in return) can activate the joy centre in our brains (the left, pre-frontal cortex). And the more that part of the brain is activated, the more resources we have available to us, including a greater ability to move through stress and less of … More 10 free ways to be altruistic, online
It is a very exciting time to be working in the field of self-development. Nearly daily, there is new information coming from the fields of science and academia that is affording us more knowledge about how our brains work and providing strategies on how to effectively make lasting changes at the brain level. As a … More You Can Choose To Be Joyful – Book
When we are stuck in negative thinking and feelings, the tendency seems to be to either try to ignore the thoughts or change them into something more positive. Both methods, while on the surface seem to be logically helpful, can actually serve to keep us stuck in negativity. Why is this? Basically, it’s because we … More Moving into the felt sense to stop worried thoughts
I was inspired by a talk that Trevor Silvester from the Quest Institute gave at Questival 2014 last week. He was discussing ways in which we can more easily integrate good habits into our lives. His suggestion was fairly simple – to list 5 small things you can begin to do each day that can, … More A simple technique to create better habits
This is a very good explaination of how neuroscience and concentrated attention on reward and gratitude can change the very fabric of the brain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRvMCIpGdE8&feature=player_embedded#!
I enjoy exercising, but I am not one to go to the gym and run aimlessly for an hour on a treadmill. My favourite way of exercising is being outdoors – whether it’s taking a long walk in the country, cycling through the woods or playing tennis. If the weather does not permit for the … More Can Exercise Impact Our Brains?
There is some debate about how many senses a human being has – but there is no doubt that we need to go beyond the mere five to really explain the intricacies of how our bodies work. My favourite sense in terms of what I do on the therapy side of things is “proprioception,” which … More Proprioception – A Sense of Balance