Category archive: Lifestyle

It’s your choice – or is it?

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Photo by Baher Khairy on Unsplash.com

We make many decisions in life. We usually like to consider the choices available. In choosing, we enjoy the exercise of free will. Or do we? Behavioural economists might nudge you to consider a fresh perspective on this.

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Our first

On arrival in Niseko, I received a photo challenge from my sister. So here it is – our first seven days in Japan, in black and white images. In the exercise, there were to be no people and no explanations. I have chosen to annotate them for this post.

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Thoughts about Friday …

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Photo credit Alejandro-Alvarez via unsplash.com

I have never in my life found myself in a situation where I’ve stopped work and said, ‘Thank God it’s Friday.’ 

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How friends help you live longer

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Photo by Joseph Pearson on Unsplash.com

The secret of longevity may not lie in a special supplement, through particular exercise programs or dietary regimes. Whilst all these contribute to physical health, there is another factor that can impact behavioural, psychological and physiological health. Friendship.

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Do we have too many choices?

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Photo by Deanna Ritchie on Unsplash.com

Anyone who goes shopping in brick and mortar stores or online, will know there is oodles of choice. That’s good isn’t it? Brian Shwartz suggests not.

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Point of reflection: 500th blog post

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Photo credit – Joshua Fuller via unsplash.com

The Word from a Bird blog has reached a milestone: 500 blog posts! I nearly fell off my perch when I realised this. 500 blog posts over three years = thousands of words, lots of late nights and learning along the way. This was all made possible by you.

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How significant is good sleep?

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A colleague recently came to work looking the worse for wear. She’d had two successive nights of disturbed sleep, was exhausted and unable to focus or settle into her work day. That’s manageable when it happens occasionally, but getting enough sleep is vital to our well-being in surprising ways.

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Good news story: Rodney – a recycling champion

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Rodney is a garbage collector and recycler at Mt Hotham. He has worked at Hotham for 7 years. He is part of a team that recycles as much of the rubbish collected in the resort as possible. In this job he works towards reducing the amount of landfill, and increasing the amount of waste that can be recycled. Even though this is his day job, he brings this to his personal life as well. His story is good news for people in need.

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6 Ways to retain your positivity in the face of adversity

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Have you ever met people who seem able to stay positive, in the face of adversity? They find the upside. They re-frame things, changing negative descriptions of situations into positive ones. Here are some suggestions of ways to do this.

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