What simple actions lift mood?

What simple actions lift mood?

Squeezing your right hand into a fist can lift mood and boost your confidence. Try this the next time you are feeling anxious about something – a difficult conversation, a nerve-wracking presentation or some other challenge. You can do this under the radar without anyone noticing – lightly squeeze your right hand for 45 seconds […]

29 Dec 2016 Read More

Creative Failure Opens Mental Doors

Creative Failure Opens Mental Doors

Our brains work on the principle if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – at least as far as success is concerned. But this can hold us back from grasping the opportunities for creative failure. .Success makes us feel good through raised activity of the chemical messenger dopamine in the reward network. This lies deep […]

22 Dec 2016 Read More

Can Stress Every Be Beneficial?

Can Stress Every Be Beneficial?

Article by Jon Sutton from The Psychologist: Why do civil engineers spend trillions of dollars building bends into roads when a straight one would do just fine? Why has the number of prescriptions for anti-depressants almost doubled in the past decade? Why do some people perform better under stress? According to Professor Ian Robertson, the answer […]

27 Oct 2016 Read More

Observer/Guardian Article on Exam Stress

Observer/Guardian Article on Exam Stress

Kate’s mouth is dry, her stomach twisting and her heart beating fast as her clammy hands open the exam paper. What is Kate experiencing at this moment? Some might guess anxiety or fear. But actually she would describe her feelings while reading through the exam questions quite differently. Think again: which other emotion shares the bodily symptoms of […]

15 Jun 2016 Read More