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Doubt and Decision Making

Something that I think is important to bear in mind about making decisions is the unavoidable truth that you will at some point make a mistake.
We need to be ok with that.

Family Estrangement

Happy Easter!
Here in the middle of England the weather's picked up a bit just in time for lockdown restrictions to ease slightly and we can go and meet some people outdoors if we want to.
But I want to emphasise the importance of "If you want to."
Because you might not.
It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 196: Daydreaming

People often frown upon daydreaming as being unproductive yet at the same time many others suggest that it improves creativity. Why the dichotomy?
I think this is a cultural problem more than anything. Because we seem to live in a culture that values productivity and immediate results rather than valuing the development of the skills needed to work out how to do it in the first place.

Mindful Moments

Someone asked me recently what the difference is between meditation, mindfulness and hypnosis. So I thought I'd go into it a little today and encourage you to take some mindful moments to train your brain.

Emotions & Judgement

Bit of a psychological education episode today all about our moral compass and how our emotions can influence it.
It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 195: It's OK To Be Selfish

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" but I wonder if there needs to be a bit more to that.
Well, that's what I want to talk about today.
Matt Elswood

Bonus Episode: Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas is an author and podcaster. She's written for The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist, Standard Issue the list goes on.
And on top of that she also wrote a book inspired by her experiences of depression called My Shit Therapist: & Other Mental Health Stories.
I'm sure you'll both enjoy and appreciate what she has to share with you.
Goal Blocks

Episode 194: Taking Action Today

Whatever your goals are it's fair to say that reaching them won't happen by accident or through luck.
Luck might have a small part to play. But what are the chances that it's the only part when compared to the effects of the deliberate action that you take yourself?
Deliberate action wins any day I'd say.
So to do that there are some basic principles that you might need to follow so as to help you on your way and they don't involve starting tomorrow. They involve the present moment, right now.
Matt Elswood

Bonus Episode: Matt Elswood

Matt Elswood is a Chief Pharmacist specialising in mental health pharmaceuticals at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust.
As well as being an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham he's also a really nice guy with a lot of interesting things to share with us.
Goal Blocks

Episode 193: Gratitude

Many self help and personal development books (my own included) will talk about the importance of gratitude as a way of boosting happiness and wellbeing.
Today we explore it in a little more detail.
The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter - By Richard Nicholls

It had been 6 weeks since the funeral.
Long enough to get used to the idea that he was an orphan now. Dan had laughed a little when he first used that word, orphan.
How old do we have to be before we no longer describe ourselves as that? He thought to himself. But to him, Dan was an orphan. After all both his parents had died, first his Dad, although that was many years ago and now his Mum.
But, at 57 years old to describe yourself as an orphan seemed odd, hence…
Are New Years Resolutions a good idea or not?

Grandads Gift

I didn't believe him at first, I looked at him on the playground through squinted, suspicious eyes.
"There's no such thing as Santa Claus!" he'd said and laughed at me. Of course, if he was right then I'd been lied to through all of the 9 years of my life.
But I was a clever boy, and I could understand why, if it was true that there was no such thing as Father Christmas, all parents would collude with each other to create this magical present bringing character.
But I didn't want to hear it from the biggest idiot in the class on the last day of term…
Robin Ince

Bonus Episode: Robin Ince

It's another bonus guest episode and this time it's the turn of stand up comedian and author Robin Ince.
We talk about intrusive thoughts, stage fright and why we all need therapy.
Dean Burnett

Bonus Episode: Dean Burnett

Today's bonus episode is with neuroscientist, stand up comedian and author Dean Burnett.
We chat about toxic positivity, emotional processing, addiction and many other things besides.
Matt Rudd

Bonus Episode: Matt Rudd

Matt Rudd is a senior writer at the Sunday Times, he's a published author of both fiction and non fiction.
His latest book Man Down: Why Men Are Unhappy and What We Can Do About It, is out now. I read it the day it came out and thought he had some great things to share with you and so I invited him onto the show for a chat.
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