Serotonin – Your Happiness

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter present in the brain and the lining of the digestive tract, controls the different switches affecting various emotional states (ref: Society for Neuroscience). Your happiness and well-being are important, both as factors protecting against mental and physical disorders and in their own right. As you know negative moods are associated with negative outcomes. […]

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Sleep and performance

Not getting all your work done during the day means that you feel the need to cut on your sleep sometimes or work during family time. Too many meetings, distractions and to-do’s are obstacles that hijack your to-do list! So you sacrifice a few hours sleep with the hope of catching up. Or you lie awake at night spending […]

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Mentally strong people

You were not born mentally strong. If you were born that way, you would have no “down” days. Mentally strong people work at being that way every day of their lives. Until it becomes a habit or as we would say, have applied the process of neuroplasticity. What do mentally strong people do? Mentally strong people: […]

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Dopamine

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter produced in several areas in the brain that helps regulate key emotional responses and helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. Dopamine is the “pleasure drug” and is released by naturally rewarding experiences such as good food, rewarding experiences and positive behaviour reinforcement. Dopamine also helps us not only to […]

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Growing for the future or cutting back for now

Are you planning your company for growth or are you cutting cost for now? Research tells us that there is a growing trend for companies to plan for growth! Companies are seeking better employee engagement, because better employee engagement leads them to better performance. As opposed to letting their people go. Have a look at […]

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Get REM Sleep

Healthy sleep is divided into four stage cycles. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is stage 4 deep sleep. During this time the brain processes and synthesises memories, emotions and activities that are crucial for learning and higher level thought. As leaders it is important to get REM sleep. A lack of REM sleep results in […]

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Stress and epinephrine

The ability to react in response to threatening events (freeze, fight or flight) has become part of life. In today’s complex and fast-paced world, stressors are more consistently psychological or socially based. Continued stimulation of the systems that respond to threatening events may contribute to heart disease, obesity, arthritis and depression. Nearly two thirds of […]

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Improve Employee Connectedness

Neuroscientists have discovered that oxytocin is related to social behaviors like attachment, trust, and empathy. Released by the pituitary gland, oxytocin has long been known for its involvement in childbirth and in helping mothers bond with their babies. But what implications do oxytocin have for organisations, hoping for teams to cultivate and build trust amongst […]

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6 Tips to improve brain performance

You have the ability to improve the performance of your brain by 35-75% if you learn how to think correctly. You are also able to improve the performance of your brain by means of various activities you engage in. Try these to keep your brain “in shape”: 1. Socialize. We need a variety of brain […]

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