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Love & Relationship
March 19, 2019

How to get over your ex – according to science

For most people, a break-up usually involves some degree of pain and shock. The trauma can affect you deeply and leave you with feelings of depression, anxiety, exhaustion, and even insomnia. This whirlwind of emotions could make you feel like nothing will ever be the same again, in the worst possible way. This may be true, but consider the opposite: could this change be for the better? Strategies for getting over your ex can range from listening to your favourite song for weeks on end, or hopping on to a dating app to perk yourself up with a rebound. While…
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Love & Relationship
January 23, 2019

Help for emotional abuse

Your significant other has never hit or shouted at you, so why do they make you feel so bad all the time? It may be emotional abuse. From black-and-blue bruises to cuts and grazes, physical abuse leaves behind easy-to-spot traces. But the effects of emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and knowing when its happening to you is often trickier. Like physical abuse, emotional abuse refers to an attempt to control another person. Although there isn’t any physical harm, emotions are the abuser’s weapon of choice. There’s a misconception that emotional abuse only involves your partner shouting or swearing…
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Love & Relationship
December 3, 2018

The science behind falling in love

It’s a beautiful day, but instead of enjoying it, you’ve been cooped up at home for hours, staring at your phone. You’ve been waiting for your date from the previous night to finally text you back. You can’t eat, sleep or stop thinking about the person. What’s wrong with you? Well, you’re falling in love. And surprisingly, this has more to do with your brain than your heart. From your brain to your heart You may think that romantic feelings come from your heart, but it all begins with your brain. For example, when a stranger walks into a room,…
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Love & Relationship
November 27, 2018

7 steps to a happy marriage

So, you’ve said your vows to your loved one. Now it’s time to fulfil your promises by being the best partner you can be. A happy marriage is not an overnight success; it takes time, commitment and action to keep your relationship strong. Make your marriage work Clinical psychologist and marriage researcher Dr John Gottman and his colleagues studied hundreds of relationships, including both newlyweds and long-term couples. These study participants were interviewed and asked questions about their relationships. During the interviews, video recordings were made of each couple and how they interacted with their partner, while at the same…
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Love & Relationship
May 11, 2018

Are you feeling lonely at university? There is help!

It’s the time of your life! You’re all on your own with all the freedom in the world. Being at university can be one of the most exciting times of your life. But, it can come with a downside. It may be the first time you’re away from home, and – for some – all your family and friends. But don’t worry – you’re not alone! Homesickness Feeling homesick at university is normal and you’re most likely to feel that way at first. This is because you’ve left behind everything that you’re familiar with; friends, family and your usual environment.…
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Love & Relationship
March 7, 2018

Is your soulmate out there? The truth about compatibility

You both enjoy long walks on the beach, chocolate ice-cream and reading. You finish each other’s sentences and it feels like you’ve known each other for a lifetime. You must be soulmates, right? Not necessarily. Just because you and your sweetheart are on the same wavelength, it doesn’t mean it’s forever. It seems logical to search for someone who has the same values as you, and enjoys similar activities, but research suggests that compatibility may not be the only key to finding your one true love. A closer look Dr Ted Hudson of the University of Texas did a study…
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Love & Relationship
March 7, 2018

Empathy: medicine for the body and the soul

Do you have empathy for others? No, it’s not when you feel “sorry” for the person begging on the side of the road. That’s sympathy. Empathy, on the other hand, is defined as: “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” It goes beyond feeling bad for someone who’s poor. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in his place and experience their emotions. Researchers distinguishes between two types of empathy: Affective empathy relates to the sensations and feelings in response to another’s emotions. For example, if your husband is stressed, you pick up on this stress and…
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Love & Relationship
February 20, 2018

The main ingredient of optimal health

What do you do when your kitchen table loses a leg? You fix it to get it balanced again, right? Support. It needs support to stand upright. Well, that’s exactly what you need too for a well-rounded healthy life. A healthy life isn’t just about eating well and exercising. Mental and emotional wellbeing are of immense importance too. And a large part of this wellbeing is support – from friends and family. The power of support Life has many ups and downs and we all need people to lean on during tough times. Social support can even boost your physical…
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Love & Relationship
January 8, 2018

How to make every day Valentine’s Day

Flowers, gifts, and surprises are what February 14th is all about, right? But why should all that specialness be reserved for one day only? Keep the love going all year-round. The problem with Valentine's day, is that many couples use it to 'make up for' missing elements of their relationship. They try to 'win back' their partner on one night, after 364 days of neglect...which is why it often doesn't end well. In stead, Valentine's day should be the ideal opportunity to celebrate a thriving, passionate relationship. So what can you do before and after Valentine's day, to make it a day worth celebrating?…
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Love & Relationship
June 29, 2017

Could there be something more important than diet and exercise?

Think about it: you’ve had a bad day. What would you prefer to do, eat a salad or meet up with your BFF and have a heart to heart? Turns out that having strong social ties can have as much of an impact on your health as exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. In fact, one study found that the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking. Of course, that’s not to say you should ditch your exercise to catch up with your bestie,…
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