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6 Songs That’ll Get You Smiling

If you’ve recently seen the film, Baby Driver, you’ll understand the power of music. It is a fantastic medium, one that can free the mind and soothe the soul. It has a massive effect on health and wellbeing, including lowering stress and anxiety levels. It may even make us healthier and may, according to one report, potentially increase our immune system responses. Music can also aid memory, such as foreign language studies, and make us more active by providing a major motivation boost, as discovered by this report. So, you better whip out those vinyls or dust up that YouTube search, but if you’re struggling for inspiration, take a peek at some suggestions below.

5 Books That’ll Turn You Green

You will generally not see a book on environmental trauma in Waterstone’s Top 40. The theme is an important one, but not one that is given the space and publicity it deserves. The theme battles the growing concerns surrounding climate change and presents alternate realities regarding the consequences of such changes. Such alternate realities range from desolate landscapes to cyberpunk cities, and they have the power to raise awareness about global warming and the irrevocable damage it can cause to the Earth. Below is a tiny selection of books that deal with these issues in a captivating and haunting way.

The Secret to Happiness?

If you search ‘the secret to happiness’ on the internet, thousands of websites appear claiming to know the answer. With the current climate of the world, I’m sure most people would love to know how to be happier.  However I’m beginning to question whether or not it is achievable.

How Dreams Shape Our Memories

Everyone dreams while they sleep, whether they remember it or not, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the most intense period of dreaming during the sleep cycle. The name comes from the random, side-to-side movement of the eyes while sleeping, which apparently relates to the visual images of dreams.  A recent study has discovered a causal link between REM sleep and memory formation, meaning our dreams shape our memories.

Food for thought – Bright souls.

Health has been on the cards a while now. I’ve never been a fan of the obsession with the weight cultured society which the media shoves in our faces every day. I have been faced with many episodes of depression throughout my life. I had been researching about the things I should do to improve my lifestyle especially my energy levels.

I recently bought myself a chakra pendant from Camden town.  I looked deeply into my chakras and I have come to realise something. We are always told to eat healthy, fresh food and drink. Nothing artificial and avoid E numbers. Whilst observing my chakras, I take note of all brightness of colour.  Then I pay attention to the fruits on my dining table. I study their tones and freshness.

How Pride Boosts Mental Wellbeing

London Pride, this weekend, ends the month-long celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) community. To make this year’s celebration even more exciting, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which  partially decriminalised homosexuality. This was Britain’s first step in establishing LGBTQ rights, a step that finally culminated in full legalisation, in 2013.