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Happiness By Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everday

September 9, 2014
Not even halfway through reading a review of Paul Dolan’s new book and it was number one on my hit-list, courtesy of The Sunday Times Culture magazine.  Whilst curled up with a cuppa I grew more and more engaged in the review (maybe partly because of the caffeine) but mostly because it was applauding Dolan’s logical, scientific and straightforward concept of happiness. “He wants us to see clearly what actually makes us happy”, wrote reviewer Jenni Russell. For “everything we choose to do… is ultimately about maximising our individual happiness.” Ok so nothing new there. But, his novel definition is that happiness is the experience of both pleasure and purpose over time.… Continue reading...
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The only way is Mediterranean

September 1, 2014
While other diets are falling by the waist-side, more and more evidence is being published to show that the mediterranean eating pattern is effective at warding off heart attack, stroke, and premature death. Good food is a powerful health booster. The mediterranean diet includes whole grains, legumes, fruit, and vegetables which are packed with fiber and slows digestion, also helping to control blood sugar. And the  monounsaturated fats in the mediterranean diet, found in olive oil, nuts, and fish can have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help stave off heart disease and many other conditions. That Mediterranean-style diets have health benefits isn’t necessarily new.… Continue reading...