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By Janet Vargas – Independent Natural Health Researcher

RUMINATION: dwelling on sad or disturbing things can be quite crippling, whereby we find these thoughts (whatever is upsetting or puzzling us) repeating themselves in cycles, here and there throughout the day, or full-on for a few hours until we do something active, enjoyable or interesting that breaks the cycle and affords some peace.

 Sometimes, we can find ourselves experiencing this disturbing thought pattern for a few days when certain memories visit us from the past or something is unresolved. Stressful relationships and disappointing ones play a big role in this scenario too, especially when someone we trust speaks or acts in a way that is totally unexpected.…

This subject is one that is very close to my heart because I know someone personally who experienced this in no small way and I later realised I partly experienced that myself in different circumstances with my parents - thus we grow up with our feelings not validated and not understanding ourselves and interpreting others correctly. Some people, like the friend I mentioned, may experience so few emotions or even be given to occasional emotional outbursts and you don't know where they're coming from. He has had to train himself how to have emotion and balance emotions.…

Some things in this article are very nifty - wish I had the privilege of reading them years ago. Yes me included, truth of the matter is, most of us procrastinate in some way/ways, I found out once. What things do you keep putting off till later?

How to Stop Procrastinating and Live a Happier Life

By Lisa Fields –  Reader's Digest International

Some people procrastinate out of fear

Procrastination seems like a time-management problem, but it’s actually a lack of motivation and self-regulation.

“You’re spending time you don’t have,” Pychyl says.…

By Dr John Briffa MD – Integrated Medicine Advocate

It seems that not a week goes by without scientists identifying some gene or other that is believed to play a critical role in our susceptibility to a specific illness or condition. Recently, for instance, researchers in Italy announced that they had found a gene that is involved in the normal production of serotonin – a brain chemical that helps maintain a cheery disposition. It is believed that individuals afflicted with some fault in this gene will make them prone to undesirable mood states such as anxiety.…

By Therese Borchard – Founder of Project Beyond Blue

I’m not sure why more psychiatrists don’t first test for nutritional deficiencies before dispensing Zoloft or Prozac, and especially antipsychotics like Seroquel and Zyprexa. The good ones will send you to get lab work done before upping your meds or adjusting anything. Sometimes we do need antidepressants. But other times we need spinach — think of Popeye.

In addition to seeing a psychiatrist, I now work with an integrative health physician who tests my nutrition levels every year.…

By Caroline Leaf - Clinical Neuroscientist Author And Speaker

Scrolling through Instagram, it is easy to believe that happiness is what we are all searching for, a “happiness” that usually consists of us smiling in front of commodities like money, cars or even likes on a picture. Marketing adds for new products almost always mention “happiness” as an end goal, whether we are watching an advertisement for a new soda, new holiday or a new drug. Smiling, happy people stare at us from billboards as we drive to work or walk around our neighborhood—there is no escaping them.