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Reaping the benefits of Family Rituals

In this digital age, it’s increasingly easy for family members to exist in their own silos, each one head down and absorbed in their device or tech. However, what may be lost is a sense of real connection within the family unit. This is why having family rituals is so important. But what are they? […]

SPIRE your way to happiness

How to embrace the 5 elements of happiness I was fascinated recently by the work of Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, cofounder of the Happiness Studies Academy and world-renowned expert on happiness. He makes the distinction that happiness is not the absence of sadness, but instead becoming fully present to the whole range of human experience; in […]

The Truth About Fasting

As we move from the festivities of Carnival and look forward to Easter, many Christians will be observing the period of lent, which is a time of introspection and self-discipline in the Christian calendar, often accompanied by some form of fasting. As a religion, Christianity is not alone in observing a period of fasting in their yearly routine. […]

Show me Your Friends

 There is an old saying “show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are”, or as initially quoted by Sancho Panza in the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha, “dime, con quien andas, dezirte he quien eres” (roughly translated to “tell me the company you keep, and I will tell you who you […]

A New Year, A New Beginning

Every Old Year’s night, one of my uncles used to say “I’m not going to bathe until next year!”, and then (predictably) as soon as the clock struck midnight, he would proudly announce “I haven’t bathed since last year!”  This little bit of silly humour brings home the very artificial nature of New Year’s resolutions – […]

The Scourge of Loneliness

During this festive period, it can be hard to imagine that there are people among us who are suffering from loneliness and depression. However, it is a well-known truth among healthcare workers that these festive seasons bring with them a spike in loneliness, depression and even suicide. The reasons for this may be multiple. Seeing […]

Age is Just a Number

While pursuing our postgraduate studies in the UK in the 1990s, my wife and I had a very good friend living in Lancashire called “Aunty Nelly”. She had been a close friend of my father’s when he studied in the UK 30 years earlier, and although she was clearly not related to me by blood, […]

Senior Moments

Welcome to Senior Moments, a blog that looks at aging through the eyes of someone who is experiencing this life change first hand. We’re all living longer and for many of us this provides both opportunities and challenges. However, as the world has never before seen such an explosion of older people, we don’t have […]

The Power of Authentic Connection

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Out of necessity, the COVID 19 pandemic forced many of us to make online and virtual connections with others, yet research shows that many people reported feeling lonelier and more isolated than ever. As social creatures, we know we need connection with others, but what are the benefits […]

Habit Stacking

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Building a new habit one step at a time Full disclosure…I am a recovering perfectionist and procrastinator, so I understand that it’s easy to get ‘stuck’ sometimes waiting for the perfect or right time, moment, skill etc. I am also one to start the New Year with lots […]

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