The Psychology of Self-Esteem

Many people are under the impression that achieving set goals in life will lead to improved self-esteem. While this may be true for some, it is believed that factors from childhood – namely, a person’s relationship with their parents and peers as well as their socio-economic status – appear to be more influential. Watch the video below to learn more about how an individual’s self-esteem develops, and why some have more than others.

 

The Science Behind E-Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes have become increasingly popular over the past few years. With flavours like coffee, peppermint and even piña colada, it’s easy to see why they may be more appealing than a smelly cigarette. Some claim that E-Cigs are a healthier alternative to smoking a regular cigarette, some believe that it helps individuals quit smoking altogether, but the truth is, the science isn’t conclusive on either front. To learn (what we don’t know) about E-cigarettes, watch the video below:

 

What is OCD

Many people associate Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with hyper cleanliness, an obsession with organization or the inability to just “let go”. However, OCD is a serious neurological disorder that can be debilitating if not properly treated. Watch the video below to learn what OCD is, what causes it, and what is actually true regarding this commonly misunderstood condition.

 

What Causes Cavities?

From a young age, we’ve all been told from our parents and dentists that eating sweets can lead to cavities. But what is it about sugar that causes this pesky problem? And are there other factors that play a role? Watch the video below to learn what causes cavities. Enjoy!

 

The Mozart Effect: Fact or Myth?

The Mozart Effect is the belief that if a child listens to Mozart over an extended period of time, they will become smarter. After all, if Mozart was a genius, maybe some of his music will boost a person’s IQ. But is this phenomenon true, or simply a hoax for parents to buy more CDs for their toddlers? Does listening to Mozart, or even classical music, improve cognitive function? As it turns out, yes and no. For the full article, click here.

 

Mozart Effect

10 Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress is an evolutionary feature that helps us go into overdrive when our minds and bodies encounter certain situations. In the stone age, this was particularly useful when running away from bears or hunting for dinner. However, in our modern reality, people get stressed throughout the day; running to catch a bus, fretting over an impending presentation, or getting nervous over that first date. In most situations, failure won’t be fatal, but it’s still important to learn how to deal with our anxieties to improve our long-term health. For 10 ways to reduce stress and increase your general well-being, click here.

 

Reduce Stress

Why Do We Dream?

Records show that humans have been dreaming for thousands of years, dating as far back as ancient Mesopotamia. However, in all this time, scientists still haven’t discovered the reasoning behind this universal and curious phenomenon. Luckily, we have a couple of theories. Watch the video below to find possible answers to the question: “Why do we dream?”

 

The Benefits of Generosity

Practicing generosity is a mental health principle, and it could be the very key to a happy and healthy life” – Lisa Firestone. Studies show that actively engaging in generosity reduces an individual’s stress, promotes healthy interpersonal relationships, and may naturally combat depression. It is a series of actions that supports mental, physical and emotional well-being.  To know more about the benefits of generosity, click here.

 Benefits of Generosity

The Benefits of Good Posture

Whether it was a parent at the dinner table, a teacher in the middle of class, or your grandmother as you walked around the house, we’ve all heard it before… Sit up and stand straight! In all likelihood you’ve been nagged at some point or another in regards to your posture, but it turns out, there is good reason for all the fuss. Having poor posture over long periods of time can increase your chances of having accidents, may decrease the effectiveness of your organs, and will place a great deal of pressure on your joints and ligaments. For more information on the benefits of good posture, watch the video below:

 

How Much Will Kill You?

Life is all about moderation, but if you’re a daredevil looking for a ‘thrill’, you should probably know when you’ve gone too far. It takes 70 cups of coffee, 13 consecutive shots of alcohol, 2 ground cherry pits, or 85 chocolate bars to be at risk of death. If you want to know how much will kill you, watch the video below.