Wellbeing

Here we want to share a range of insights and ideas across a spectrum of media to enable you to help people feel good from the inside out.

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In Praise of Walking - Shane O'Mara

In Praise of Walking - Shane O'Mara

It enabled us to walk out of Africa and to spread as far as Alaska and Australia. It freed our hands and freed our minds. We put one foot in front of the other without thinking – yet how many of us know how we do that, or appreciate the advantages it gives us? In this hymn to walking, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits it confers on our bodies and minds.

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Dancing for Health: Conquering and Preventing Stress - Judith Lynne Hanna

Dancing for Health: Conquering and Preventing Stress - Judith Lynne Hanna

Dancing for Health explains the cognitive, emotional, and physical dimensions of dance in a spectrum of stress management approaches. Designed for anyone interested in health and healing, this book offers lessons learned from the experiences of people of different cultures and historical periods, as well as current knowledge, on how to resist, reduce, and dance away stress in the disquieting times of the 21st century.

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The Anatomy of Exercise and Movement for the Study of Dance, Pilates, Sports, and Yoga

The Anatomy of Exercise and Movement for the Study of Dance, Pilates, Sports, and Yoga

Awareness of movement potential," says author Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones, "is key to a healthy body and injury prevention." The Anatomy of Exercise & Movement shows readers how to gain that awareness by understanding the biomechanics of movement. In ten chapters, color-coded for easy reference, the author covers all of the major muscle and joint areas, including the spine; core region; shoulder; elbow; wrist and hand; and hip, knee, and ankle/foot joints. Most importantly, each chapter contains strengthening and stretching exercises for all of the above areas.

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Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life - Darryl Edwards

Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life - Darryl Edwards

Animal Moves is a groundbreaking new workout playout program from Darryl Edwards that utilises the functional and primal movements of the animal kingdom as inspiration for an exercise regimen that will have you the king or queen of the jungle in no time. Future-proof your body and reconnect with the fitter, stronger and healthier you with over 40 functional exercises, fun activities, and three, four-week fitness programs. With the help of its innovative 28-day movement plan, Animal Moves empowers you to move with more ease and efficiency when performing functional movements and to make everyday activities easier and more enjoyable. The compound movement exercises in Animal Moves targets the whole body at varied intensities enabling people of all fitness levels, and all ages, to lead more active and dynamic lives. improve strength, speed and stamina increase mobility, flexibility and stability look, feel and perform better

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Younger Fitter Stronger - Matt Roberts

Younger Fitter Stronger - Matt Roberts

The revolutionary fitness plan for men. Are you ready to feel younger, fitter and stronger? Matt Roberts' Younger, Fitter, Stronger is a ground-breaking fitness manual designed for mid-life men. Follow this targeted, testosterone-boosting 8-week fitness plan to lose your gut, tone your body and feel 10 years younger.

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How to be Well - Frank M D Lipman

How to be Well - Frank M D Lipman

In How to Be Well, best-selling author and leading health expert Dr. Frank Lipman shares his formula for lifelong vitality--the Good Medicine Mandala. Illustrated by a circular system of six rings, the Good Medicine Mandala contains more than 100 simple steps to what really works to improve and strengthen your resilience, functioning, and overall health.

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David Higgins, celebrity Personal Trainer - Creating long term healthy habits

David Higgins, celebrity Personal Trainer - Creating long term healthy habits

David Higgins is a Personal Trainer to the stars and here he is interviewed by Dr Chatterjee about lifestyle change for better health. David discusses how we bring about long lasting behaviour change and create long term healthy habits. He delves into the problems of exercising with incorrect posture and the importance of creating correctly.

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Being Active Guide - English Federation of Disability Sport

Being Active Guide - English Federation of Disability Sport

Being active is good for everyone's health and well-being. There are many ways for people to enjoy an active lifestyle. Getting fit can help improve certain physical functions to help with daily life, reduce the chance of obesity and provide general health and mental wellbeing. Whatever your level of physical ability, there are options that are right for you.

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Got a meeting? Take a walk - Nilofer Merchant

Got a meeting? Take a walk - Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it into a "walking meeting" -- and let ideas flow while you walk and talk.

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The brain-changing benefits of exercise - Wendy Suzuki - Ted Talk

The brain-changing benefits of exercise - Wendy Suzuki - Ted Talk

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

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Why sitting is bad for you - Murat Dalkilinç

Why sitting is bad for you - Murat Dalkilinç

Sitting down for brief periods can help us recover from stress or recuperate from exercise. But nowadays, our lifestyles make us sit much more than we move around. Are our bodies built for such a sedentary existence?

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Meditation for Life: How mind training improves relationships, career, health and happiness - Justyn Comer

Meditation for Life: How mind training improves relationships, career, health and happiness - Justyn Comer

Career, relationships, health, happiness, sport, creativity – you name it – they can all be enhanced by the practice of meditation. It has the power to improve every aspect of our lives. Although there has recently been a lot of coverage of meditation, most people still see it narrowly as being a relaxation technique, or a spiritual exercise. It can be both these things, but it is also so much more. This book is an attempt to explain the 'more'.

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The 5-Minute Mindfulness Journal: Daily Practices for a Calmer, Happier You - Noah Rasheta

The 5-Minute Mindfulness Journal: Daily Practices for a Calmer, Happier You - Noah Rasheta

A few minutes is all it takes to transform your day. The 5-Minute Mindfulness Journal helps you live mindfully with quick, thought-provoking practices and writing prompts to bring peace, calm, and happiness to your day. Designed to take five minutes or less, these short and accessible exercises allow you to experience mindfulness no matter where you are or how much time you have. From gaining self-acceptance to cultivating lovingkindness, this journal takes you on a transformative personal journey to be present every second, every minute, and every day.

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Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect - Fearne Cotton

Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect - Fearne Cotton

It's a subject close to Fearne's heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, HAPPY offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day. Happiness isn't a mountain to climb, it's just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you'll find little steps that will help make the differences that count. With workbook elements to help you start and end the day well; get in touch with your creative side; and find peace through written exercises, simple practical ideas and visualisations, these are daily tricks and reminders to help you unlock that inner happiness.

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The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace - Dr Patrizia Collard

The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace - Dr Patrizia Collard

Mindfulness is the easy way to gently let go of stress and be in the moment. It has fast become the slow way to manage the modern world - without chanting mantras or setting aside hours of time for meditation.Dr Patrizia Collard will show you how to bring simple 5- and 10-minute practices into your day in order to free yourself from stress and, ultimately, find more peace in your life.This beautifully illustrated book will set you and your family on the road of mindfulness so you can lead a more mindful, peaceful and relaxed life. Find long-lasting happiness with The Little Book of Mindfulness!

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You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness - Frances Trussell

You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness - Frances Trussell

We all wish to be more mindful, engaged, present loving the life we are living, but is this possible and how? You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness makes the journey into a mindful way of being a profoundly simple one, both to understand and to access. It is a book for those who want to truly know the power of mindfulness to transform their experience of life. '...There are thousands of books out there to help us combat our inner self-destructive voice... if I could go back in time and read only one book on the subject, this is it.' Joe Pasquale, Comedian and Actor

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The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation: 10 minutes can make the difference : 10 minutes can make the difference

The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation: 10 minutes can make the difference : 10 minutes can make the difference

Demystifying meditation for the modern world: an accessible and practical route to improved health, happiness and well being, in as little as 10 minutes. Andy Puddicombe, founder of the celebrated Headspace, is on a mission: to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to sit in the now. Here he shares his simple to learn, but highly effective techniques of meditation. * Rest an anxious, busy mind * Find greater ease when faced with difficult emotions, thoughts, circumstances * Improve focus and concentration * Sleep better * Achieve new levels of calm and fulfilment. The benefits of mindfulness and meditation are well documented and here Andy brings this ancient practice into the modern world, tailor made for the most time starved among us.

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How to Meditate: How I stopped doubting meditation, applied simple steps and discovered a 10 minute routine to a successful life

How to Meditate: How I stopped doubting meditation, applied simple steps and discovered a 10 minute routine to a successful life

In this book, you will discover - How your myths on benefits of meditation are broken. Who should meditate, Why anyone should meditate and When to meditate in simple and easy to understand words. How you can use free tools to assess your stress, anxiety or depression levels? Would you like pre-worked examples of 16 different ideas with explanation of the time slots to meditate? Why the long term benefits outweigh the short term feelings? Why preparation is a must have one time setup in 3 easy to understand steps and what preparations are necessary?

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Practical Mindfulness

Practical Mindfulness

Learn how to harness the benefits of mindfulness to take control of your life for the better. With simple breathing exercises, meditation tips, and relaxation techniques, Practical Mindfulness will improve your concentration and help you achieve success.

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Headspace | Meditation | Getting Started

Headspace | Meditation | Getting Started

If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, but didn't know where to start, this is the video for you. Simply download the Headspace app, and follow these step-by-step instructions. Headspace offers everything you need to begin a regular meditation practice. It's good for you too - in fact, it's been shown that just 30 days of Headspace resulted in a 32% decrease in stress.

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Headspace | Meditation | Changing Perspective

Headspace | Meditation | Changing Perspective

Learning how to meditate means accepting that our minds won’t go quiet the moment we sit and close our eyes. So if we can’t just clear the mind on-demand, how are we ever going to relax? In this animation Headspace co-founder, Andy Puddicombe likens the practice of meditation to sitting by the side of a road, with instructions to watch the traffic. How do we stop ourselves getting caught up with the thoughts? It’s a question of perspective.

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Headspace | Meditation | Accepting the Mind

Headspace | Meditation | Accepting the Mind

Meditation is the simple of act of taking time out to observe the mind. But what happens if we don't like what we find? In this Headspace animation, co-founder, Andy Puddicombe uses a traditional metaphor of a calm pool of water to explain how each meditation session can become an exercise in acceptance.

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Calm

Calm

Reduce anxiety, sleep better and feel happier

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Headspace

Headspace

Meditation made simple. Brilliant things happen in calm minds.

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Eating to Maintain a Strong Body & Mind As We Age

Eating to Maintain a Strong Body & Mind As We Age

Have you ever considered the fact that what you eat day in and day out affects how well you age? Listen in to today’s Dishing Up Nutrition as we discuss what you should do to keep healthy, strong muscles, along with great ideas for what to eat throughout the day.

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Eat Happy: 30-minute Feelgood Food - Melissa Hemsley

Eat Happy: 30-minute Feelgood Food - Melissa Hemsley

Featuring supermarket ingredients, simple methods, and tips and tricks to make no-fuss great food, Eat Happy is designed to see you through the whole week - tempting breakfasts to family dinners and lunches, as well as party food, snacks, baking, desserts, drinks, and simple, healthier versions of takeaway favourites.

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The Food Medic for Life: Easy recipes to help you live well every day - Dr Hazel Wallace

The Food Medic for Life: Easy recipes to help you live well every day - Dr Hazel Wallace

As someone who juggles many jobs between being a doctor, a personal trainer and an author, I understand how difficult it can be to prioritise food and eating well. I wanted to create a collection of beautiful recipes that are not only nutritious and great tasting, but super quick and simple to make, using only a handful of ingredients. The Fuel Up section is designed for just that - it is where you will find my recipes for grab-and-go breakfasts, lunches on the run and dinners that take less than 30 minutes to satisfy you after a long day at work!

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The New Optimum Nutrition Bible - Patrick Holford

The New Optimum Nutrition Bible - Patrick Holford

Since it was first published in 1997, THE OPTIMUM NUTRITION BIBLE has revolutionized health by showing more than half a million readers how to achieve a profound sense of well-being by devising the best possible intake of nutrients for their unique biochemical makeup.

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Gut Well Soon - Catherine Rogers

Gut Well Soon - Catherine Rogers

It is a practical and informative guide to achieving good gut health as a basis for mental and physical wellness. Catherine Rogers has explored the science underpinning the health claims we’ve all heard, but never really understood.

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How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena

How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

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How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli

How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli

When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain to find out.

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25 Simple Tips to Make Your Diet Healthier - Healthline

25 Simple Tips to Make Your Diet Healthier - Healthline

A healthy diet has been scientifically proven to provide numerous health benefits, such as reducing your risk of several chronic diseases and keeping your body healthy. However, making major changes to your diet can sometimes seem very overwhelming. Instead of making big changes, it may be better to start with a few smaller ones.

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Perfect Sleep Environment

Perfect Sleep Environment

An increasing amount of detailed sleep studies and accessible information means that we’re becoming more and more aware of the importance of sleep. People are now making sleep a priority, with a strong understanding of why a perfect bedtime routine, exercise, relaxation and healthy food are so beneficial. Scientific breakthroughs have benefited us all in the sleep department, but at the same time, we’ve been hindered. We’re in an age of the internet, smartphones and non-stop high-pressure jobs, which means most of us are partaking in activities that have a negative effect on our sleep. In order to enjoy a restful night’s sleep, you must pay some attention to your environment. Here are the top six things that should be considered.

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How to Sleep Well - Neil Stanley

How to Sleep Well - Neil Stanley

It has never been more important to sleep well. Stop sabotaging your own sleep and finally wake up energised and refreshed How to Sleep Well is a guidebook that can change your sleep and help you live your life more fully. Whether you struggle to fall asleep, sleep too lightly, wake too often or simply cannot wake up, this book can help you get on track to sleeping well and living better.

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Getting a good night’s sleep: A problem-solving skills guide

Getting a good night’s sleep: A problem-solving skills guide

Evidence has shown that sleep is key to your wellbeing and that without restful sleep, physical and mental wellness and wellbeing suffers. Unfortunately, when life gets hectic, getting a good night's sleep—when it is, in fact, the most needed - becomes increasingly difficult. Poor sleep can include any of the following. i) Not being able to fall asleep ii) Not getting restful sleep iii) Early waking.However, there are many things you can do to help get a better night’s sleep. This book will reveal:(1) Why sleep is important(2) What are the benefits of sleep(3) Two common myths about sleep(4) How much sleep is needed(5) Are you getting enough sleep(6) A Sleep Diary(7) What interferes with a good night's sleep and (8) The sleep skills you need to break the vicious cycle and get a better night's sleepAnd a Bonus "Summary Card"

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Arianna Huffington - The Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington - The Sleep Revolution

In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream. She takes on the sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power.

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Nodcasts - The Sleep Council

Nodcasts - The Sleep Council

We asked more than 2,000 people what sounds helped them to de-stress/get to sleep. Among the top answers were the sounds of birdsong, rain, thunder and lightning, waves and wind.

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How to succeed? Get more sleep - Arianna Huffington

How to succeed? Get more sleep - Arianna Huffington

In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness -- and smarter decision-making.

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Why do we sleep - Russell Foster

Why do we sleep - Russell Foster

Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages -- and hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.

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How does caffeine keep us awake? - Hanan Qasim

How does caffeine keep us awake? - Hanan Qasim

Over 100,000 metric tons of caffeine are consumed around the world every year. That’s equivalent to the weight of 14 Eiffel Towers! Caffeine helps us feel alert, focused, and energetic, even if we haven’t had enough sleep — but it can also raise our blood pressure and make us feel anxious. So how does it keep us awake? Hanan Qasim shares the science behind the world’s most widely used drug.

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Sometimes When We Touch - Rachel Bucci

Sometimes When We Touch - Rachel Bucci

The skin is our largest organ. Its nerve endings and pressure receptors are tactile pathways, activated through touch, which our brain uses to interpret and explore the world around us. But recent research suggests that the brain’s response to touch serves an even wider purpose, providing critical stimulation during all stages of life.

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The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch - Dora van Gelder Kunz

The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch - Dora van Gelder Kunz

Since 1972 Therapeutic Touch has been taught in hospitals and at universities to tens of thousands of health care professionals. The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch provides an intimate glimpse into the life work of Dora Kunz (1904-1999), medical intuitive and fifth-generation clairvoyant, who used her gifts to reach out to others in her capacity as healer and teacher.

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The First Sense: A Philosophical Study of Human Touch (The MIT Press) - Matthew Fulkerson

The First Sense: A Philosophical Study of Human Touch (The MIT Press) - Matthew Fulkerson

An empirically informed philosophical account of human touch as a single, unified sensory modality that plays a central role in perception. It is through touch that we are able to interact directly with the world; it is our primary conduit of both pleasure and pain. Touch may be our most immediate and powerful sense-"the first sense" because of the central role it plays in experience. In this book, Matthew Fulkerson proposes that human touch, despite its functional diversity, is a single, unified sensory modality.

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Touch: The Power of Human Connection - Samantha Hess

Touch: The Power of Human Connection - Samantha Hess

Technology allows us to communicate across vast distances but something is lost in translation. Busy lives result in neglected relationships and patterns of behavior that discourage intimacy. Touch: The Power of Human Connection illustrates 19 positions designed to bring you closer to the people you value and achieve true fulfillment. More importantly, Touch reveals the science behind cuddling and why it is such a fundamental need. While no book guarantees happiness, Touch comes awfully close. This book shows you how to improve your health, boost your personal energy, strengthen your relationships, satisfy your partner and approach life with confidence. Samantha Hess created a work of astonishing power and grace.

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The Remarkable Power of Touch - Hey Sigmund

The Remarkable Power of Touch - Hey Sigmund

The power of touch is profound – whether it is an accidental glazing from a stranger, the strong kneading of a professional masseur, a gentle hold from someone close, a reassuring squeeze of the hand, an ‘I see you’ caress, an encouraging touch on the back, a quick kiss on the forehead or one that is slower, more tender and more anticipated.

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Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart, and Mind

Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart, and Mind

Dual-function receptors in our skin make mint feel cool and chili peppers hot. Without the brain’s dedicated centers for emotional touch, an orgasm would feel more like a sneeze—convulsive, but not especially nice. From skin to nerves to brain, the organization of our body’s touch circuits is a complex and often counterintuitive system that affects everything from our social interactions to our general health and development.

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Social connections and the brain

Social connections and the brain

AGE UK: Keeping up our ties to friends and family and taking part in social activities may help us stay sharp as we age, according to the Global Council on Brain Health. This summary is part of our Staying Sharp series.

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Together: Our Community Cookbook - The Hubb Community Kitchen

Together: Our Community Cookbook - The Hubb Community Kitchen

The Hubb Community Kitchen is a group of women who have come together to prepare fresh food for their local community. After being displaced following the Grenfell Tower fire, some of the local women needed a place to cook fresh food for their families. They began to use the kitchen at the Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, where the women who worked there had been using the facilities to cook for the community. They all shared the kitchen for two days every week, preparing food and eating together. Word spread and more local women began to join in, embracing community and supporting their neighbours in their time of need.

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Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection - John T. Cacioppo

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection - John T. Cacioppo

University of Chicago social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo unveils his pioneering research on the startling effects of loneliness: a sense of isolation or social rejection disrupts not only our thinking abilities and will power but also our immune systems, and can be as damaging as obesity or smoking. A blend of biological and social science, this book demonstrates that, as individuals and as a society, we have everything to gain, and everything to lose, in how well or how poorly we manage our need for social bonds.

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Community: The Structure of Belonging - Peter Block

Community: The Structure of Belonging - Peter Block

The expanded and revised edition of Community tackles the hysteric rise of isolation and fear in a digitally interconnected world. In the second edition of Community, author Peter Block offers practical advice and uplifting stories as a way to reject the increasing pull towards isolation and fear of the stranger in a new world of constant connection. This book explores the benefits of community and belonging to foster social change and reconciliation

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The secret to living longer may be your social life - Susan Pinker - Ted Talk

The secret to living longer may be your social life - Susan Pinker - Ted Talk

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions.

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Building Social Connections

Building Social Connections

Connecting with people we care about is an important way to protect and improve our mental health. Find out ways to improve your connections or make new ones.

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Friends In Need

Friends In Need

Friends in Need is a way for people affected by depression to meet online and in their local area. It’s free to join and a great way to share support.

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Community Network

Community Network

Community Network is a charity and social enterprise combating social isolation and loneliness and their devastating effects on health and well-being. We do this by bringing people together on the phone and online to form Telephone Groups.

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Meet Up

Meet Up

Discover local meetups for all the things you love!

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