The coding of motivation and meaning

Empirical research suggests that having meaning in life protects us against inflammation, disease, and a pre-mature death. This research has demonstrated that if you are happy but have no sense of meaning, you will have similar gene expression patterns as someone who...

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Live beyond the finish line

  Do you feel like the year can just not be over soon enough?   Are you ready to down tools, get out of the city, hit the beach or the bush and just relax? You’re not alone. But before you clutch out - I have a few questions: Why is it that people frequently...

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Responsibility & aiming low

Recently I realized that how I was not taking responsibility for something in my life. I made two investments, some time ago. And I was not giving these investments the time and care that they needed and slowly but surely, they deteriorated over time and are currently...

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Politics meet Biology

Our (eco) system is broken There are stark correlations between biology and politics. They are both systems with components and layers that effect and influence one another. I understand that the wellness of a system depends on the health of the individual cells....

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Attention

Congratulations to me for getting your attention! This is no small feat. In 2020 it is estimated that the average person is exposed to between 6000 and 10 000 communication messages per day! So the competition is sky high… Not only that, but out of doing a million...

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How to get motivated and keep moving

You have built in reward circuits that prompt you to start moving and keep moving toward desired outcomes in life. This article will help you understand the neurobiological mechanisms that govern your behaviour and how you can utilize it to your benefit. These...

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Today’s real slaves

    The word responsibility is made up of two words: response and ability. This word not only describes your innate ability to respond but also your choice as to how you respond. Victor Frankl said: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that...

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Thriving Immune function

  To remain healthy and thrive in today’s world, you need a robust immune system.   Your immune system is really important and mostly responsible to keep you safe. It has to protect you physically against pathogens like viruses and bacteria, pollution and toxins,...

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Reset: Your true identity

  The influences    From the time you were in your mother’s womb right up until today there are certain things that have a profound influence on you. Events and experiences, positive and negative that influence how you feel, how you think, your beliefs,...

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Avoiding burnout from lockdown

There is no doubt in my mind that more of us are affected on psychological level than on a physical level. Sure there are victims under physical attack of the virus, those infected, but most of us are under increased psychological attack. Shock at the loss of a job or...

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The key to health, wellness and longevity

I will just give it to you right away... The key to health and longevity is switching off chronic inflammation. There you go. That really is the answer. Cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, strokes etc), neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s,...

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What your co-workers need to thrive

Abraham Maslow wrote, what is still to this day, one of the most recognized theories on human motivation. Maslow proposed we have a hierarchy of needs. He described this as the pattern/sequence that human motivations generally move through. The most fundamental and...

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Improving productivity and health at work

The workplace is a very important social determinant of health. And with health, I am not just referring to the medical aspects. This is where we normally get stuck when thinking of health and wellbeing. We need to view health as a complex adaptive system that...

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The big secret to fat loss

I’ve lost weight. I’ve kept it off. I have seen and helped others do the same. They used different methods than I have. But one thing was consistent for all. That is the big secret about weight loss... So here it is:   How to lose weight: Sustain a caloric...

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Sitting kills and moving heals

Move - stay alive and thrive or don’t move – decay and die   A major problem we all experience today is a sedentary lifestyle. Our lives have been designed around sitting more and moving less. Think about how much time you spend each day sitting down… You are...

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Keep moving

Move - stay alive and thrive or don’t move – decay and die Movement is not your right; it’s not even a privilege. It’s your responsibility. A responsibility you owe to yourself. The more you sit, the harder it is to move, the less you move, the sooner you’ll die....

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Born to Run

“Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the...

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When you know why, you simply will

“He who has a strong enough why can bare almost any how” Viktor Frankl Why am I doing this again? Why am I putting myself through this? I was asking myself this question recently while painstakingly going through notes and files for a project that I am currently...

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The power of Now

  Lao Tzu said it best:   “If you are depressed, you are living in the past If you are anxious, you are living in the future If you are at peace, you are living in the present”   I really think there is truth in that. Maybe the order is different to...

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Conflicted ?

Seth Godin speaks of conflict and he describes self-marketing very well. He explains that everything we do that’s important is the result of conflict. Not an external conflict, like between us and the world, but an internal conflict between us and ourselves.   We...

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Enthusiasm

The word Enthusiasm has its root in the Greek language, literally meaning "the God (entheo) inside (iasm)". The etymology of the word thus points at its divine origin. We can therefore say, an enthusiastic person is someone who is inhabited by the spirit of God. It is...

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