What this doctor discovered about his smoking habit

Is smoking a physical addiction or a mental habit? Dr. Max Pemberton thinks he has the answer
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One day, after years of being addicted to smoking, English psychiatrist Dr. Max Pemberton had an epiphany! He realized that this long-term habit was not a physical dependency on nicotine. It was a mental addiction to the habit of smoking. In his article on canada.com, he writes:

“I realized that the real problem was the psychological dependence. This was underpinning my belief that I loved cigarettes and needed them and it was this that I needed to address. This also explained why the gums and patches hadn’t worked – I was mentally addicted to smoking. So I began thinking about the psychology of smoking.”

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The healing power of reconciliation

What does reconciliation mean? What would it look like in our world today?
‘Reconciliation’ by Josefina de Vasconcellos

Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message this year on reconciliation set the tone for what could be a world changing, yet individual, action that brings not only peace but also better health to everyone.

Her Majesty’s message opened with a touching image of a man and woman embracing. Sculpted and cast by the renowned English sculptor Josefina de Vasconcellos, it shows that moment of reconnection for which everyone yearns.

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Malala Yousafzai and the healing power of forgiveness

Malala Yousafzai's insights into the power of forgiveness highlights a spiritual solution to violence that can bring health and peaceIs there a way to heal the effects of violence in our communities?

2014 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner, Malala Yousafzai, is not only convinced there is, but she lives what she believes. At just 15 years old, she survived a brutal attack by a young “Talib” who shot her in the head on a school bus in Pakistan. Her crime – in his eyes – was having the audacity, as a girl, to want to work toward an education!

When speaking at the United Nations in 2013, she said she knew her life was threatened long before the attack, and wondered what she would do if faced by a man with a gun. She remembered thinking to herself:Continue Reading

Happiness on sale!

Repeatedly seeking that “feel good” effect can be the beginning of a problem that is more that we than bargained for.
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The thrill of the hunt at this time of year is not necessarily to be found in looking for big game in wintry woods; but rather, it’s in hunting through the malls and amongst the aisles of stores, with their heavy discounts on everything from socks to computers. Here, hordes of happy shoppers revel in the search for the perfect Boxing Day deal. “It feels so good when you get the bargain you have been really looking for. I find it relieves my stress. I don’t get depressed when I am shopping,” explained a friend after a victorious day wading through the crowds.

However, the problem for her, as for many shoppers, is what to do when the ‘happy’ effect wears off, or when the stress builds up again after a difficult day and the credit card bill looks overwhelming. For many, the answer is to repeatedly seek that “feel good” effect. And that can be the beginning of a larger problem than bargained for. But finding lasting happiness and satisfaction is the key to our health.Continue Reading