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30 September 2014 In Blog

This article will take a look at our feelings of happiness and how that can affect how we are on a daily basis.

Most of us rate happiness as the thing we would most like from life, although money does come a close second to this. Certainly we all feel at some stage of our life that money would ease our daily problems and would give us perhaps more breathing space to be able to have more time doing the things that make us happy without worrying about the monthly bills . However you may be surprised that one American study has suggested that just £9000 per annum can be enough to give you happiness! To have significantly more than this raises happiness levels only slightly. This however is no where enough money to actually live on so perhaps this means spare cash to use as you please which in reality may still be no where enough to give us the things that we think will make us truely happy !!

For those lottery winners and even those of you who love regular shopping trips, it is the instant gratification we get after winning money or buying something that makes us ecstatic for a while and then that feeling wears off and has to be found somewhere else. Research has also found that there is no significant relationship between how much money a person earns and whether they actually feel good about life. This again can be something we may not understand until we have more money and then perhaps find there are still some problems in our life that we still find difficult to live with. Some 80% of self-employed people are satisfied with their jobs because they can control their hours and working environment. However weather you believe that more money or less could make you happy it has also been shown that people with a happy outlook to everyday life are healthier and may indeed be able to rise up further in their career choice and earn more money because of feeling happier!

It is also shown that family genetics play a part in how positive and happy we are naturally on a daily basis. Some of our happiness can also be within our interaction of family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours. Most experts agree that to make sacrifices in our lives to be more social with family or friends can make us happier. Many people (60%) of British adults have claimed that their friendships were more important to them than career, money and even family.

22 April 2014 In Blog

Imagine you are on holiday and the weather is very hot and obviously you want to enjoy the sun. You are lying beside the pool for about four hours and feeling maybe that you fancy an alcoholic drink or two, It may seem that you have quenched your thirst after these drinks but you actually find that you are starting to get a headache and feel dizzy. This you cannot understand as you are quite relaxed and usually feel fine after two alcoholic drinks. To add to this you have not been to the toilet for many hours and do not feel you need to. This whole scenario has been happening each day of the holiday.

Stop to think for a moment. When was the last time you had a glass of water?

27 March 2014 In Blog

How confident are you? Confidence is not the same as happiness but if you are confident in your appearance, attitude and ability, to an extent this may contribute to a certain level of happiness. Be aware by fixing things such as outward looks and appearances you can indeed give yourself a welcome boost of self-esteem, but if it is fear of being in certain situations and coping that affects your confidence then this is only a quick fix and not a long term solution to addressing your inner needs.

A wave of low self-esteem is affecting us from an early age. Nine out of ten teenage girls are unhappy with their bodies and are obsessed with looking like their favourite (mostly adult) celebrities. Four out of ten young girls have considered plastic surgery. Only eight per cent of girls as young as thirteen had no complaints about their figures. The trend for perfect slim figures and attractive facial features is making this generation of teenagers want a new body and personality before their own has fully grown and developed. It is not suprising that teenage girls are wanting to follow the way their mums are turning to plastic surgery as a means of 'fixing' the ageing process or to perhaps find a new look to feel better about their relationship or career. As an adult, it is personal choice as to finding the things that will work for you within the areas of your life that could need a little injection of esteem and confidence, it is not just looks that count.

12 March 2014 In Blog

Meaning- a strong physical desire to satisfy a bodily need (e.g. for food)

Appetite is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain. Signals from the brain make you want to eat, especially if your store of energy is running low. When you have eaten enough, signals are sent to the brain for you to stop eating anymore. Appetite is influenced not only by the quantity of food but the type eaten. Fatty food can give us a comforting feeling but it does not make us feel full so we can feel hungry quite soon after. Carbohydrate and protein are much stronger appetite suppressants than fats. We must eat to live but when our eating habits become inconsistent and there is a desire for junk food this can not only cause weight gain but also health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Other factors that can contribute to overeating are emotions. They can cause us to eat when we are bored, unhappy or stressed and this is not necessarily meaning the body is hungry but that it needs comfort. It is also possible if you have cravings that you suffer from blood sugar imbalance or even a food allergy, which is worth checking.

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