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Don’t worry, be happy! What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and does it work?

Should you just not worry and be happy?¹ Can you make yourself happy just by thinking you’re happy?  Maybe. Using one of our favourite phrases on this blog, it is complex and much is unknown… Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the concept that it is the thoughts that you have about events,

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Mirror Neurons: Smile and the world smiles with you!

Interacting with other people can be a source of great support or great stress. Empathy – the ability to understand what another person is experiencing from their perspective – is an important factor in enabling supportive and functional social interactions. One of the key indicators of narcissistic personality disorder is

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Puppy love: Neuroscientific evidence shows that love between a dog and their human is a real thing

It’s true – puppies really do fix everything! Well, maybe not everything – but there is recent scientific evidence that gazing into your dogs eyes is like having a big cuddle. Actually the study concluded that its “findings support the existence of an inter-species oxytocin-mediated positive loop facilitated and modulated

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Income protection insurance

The insurer says I’m not really sick and won’t pay my income protection insurance claim…what can I do?

Generally (unless it is specifically excluded), income protection insurance should cover mental illness in the same way as other health conditions. However, we are seeing an increasing number of insurance claims for mental illness being declined on very dubious grounds. This can be incredibly stressful at a time when you

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CBT

How stressed should I be?

How stressed should you be? What does “good mental health” actually look like? Is stress simply unavoidable? Or should any deviation from constant serenity and deep inner peace and fulfilment be considered unacceptable. Standardised tests can be a helpful way to see how your experience compares to other people. There is little doubt that lots

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Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness and where do I buy some?

As you’re struggling to get the shopping done, meet that deadline and clean the bathroom, is “Find Inner Peace” just not ever going to make it to the top of your To Do list? Can mindfulness actually help, or is it just a loopy fad that will soon be sent

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Norwegians who did no exercise had a 44% greater chance of being depressed than Norwegians who did one hour of gentle exercise per week

A study published this month by King’s College London and the Black Dog Institute in Australia has found that only one hour of gentle exercise a week could prevent depression in 12 in 100 cases – regardless of age or gender. The study monitored 33,908 Norwegians over 11 years and

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Income protection insurance

Income Protection Insurance for Mental Illness

No one plans to have a mental health breakdown. However, life brings challenges and no one is immune to poor mental health. If that happens, the reality is that 300,000 people every year with a long term mental  health problem lose their jobs¹ and people with a mental health condition are

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