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Can we really change our brains?

There is a lot of talk currently about neuroplasticity - the idea that we can rewire our brain.  But what does this really mean?  How does it happen?  Why is it important? An important part of the work of a psychologist is helping people to change behaviour, to learn new ways of thinking and behaving,… Continue reading Can we really change our brains?

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health, mental health

More on the benefits of gratitude

I really like this article, which looks at the ongoing benefits of gratitude https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude. Gratitude is more than just "looking on the bright side": it is really a way to help refocus the way we examine the world we live in and the relationships we maintain. Being deliberately grateful can really help to maintain  psychological… Continue reading More on the benefits of gratitude

health, mental health

2018 – Commencing as I mean to go on – with Gratitude

Positive Psychology research has been demonstrating pretty clearly, for quite a while now, that there are significant benefits to engaging in a practice of showing gratitude.  It seems that these benefits are not just psychological, but also extend to our physical and social wellbeing.  Some of these benefits are described in this article https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude.  And… Continue reading 2018 – Commencing as I mean to go on – with Gratitude