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Oxytocin – for good relationships

This post could also have been be entitled “Oxytocin – for feeling good generally”. Because this is a brain chemical – a neuropeptide – which creates a great feel-good response in the mind/body; it also does so in relation to other humans – you could say it’s sort of socially contagious, in a good way. Some researchers are even dubbing it as “Social Viagra”! Oxytocin is isolated and captured as an actual substance, which is prescribed in nasal spray form, for individuals struggling with social phobia. But it is also naturally produced in the body in any case, under various conditions. In an automatic, practical way, it is produced during the physical processes of sexual climax, childbirth and expression of breast milk. In a more everyday, going-about-your-business kind of way, release of this hormone can be triggered through simply being nice to someone else. This behaviour makes you feel good and may also elicit a pleasant response from the other person which, in turn, adds to your own feel-good factor, through the feedback loop of the positive social interaction. In other words, it’s a lot like the knock on effect of tuning into certain states of mind (moods or modes of feeling and being) which then generate more of themselves through the law of attraction – as shown in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know.

There are some good reports around on Oxytocin. You can also get the lowdown in a really straightforward way from author Dr David Hamilton, who has thoroughly researched this area, in his book Why Kindness Is Good For You. Bringing the feel-good factor into your relationship sphere means working more on simple acts and attitudes of kindness and tolerance. It takes practice, of course – and it does not include placing yourself in danger or turning a blind eye to unreasonable behaviour. But it can have a knock on effect so that you are happier, your relationship is on a more even keel, there is less anxiety and less chance of depression striking – you see the potential positive pattern here, no doubt. So, if you want to raise your happiness level and encourage relationship harmony, think kindly and let the Oxytocin peptide flow!

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Review of The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer

One of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.  It’s quite a fat read (just under 600 pages) but I managed to whizz through it in half of a week-long holiday in Mykonos.  A gripping tale and it doesn’t take too much imagination to pinpoint who the hero and anti-hero are based on!  Or maybe antagonist and protagonist would be more accurate terms for describing the two newspaper barons depicted in The Fourth Estate.  If you want a real insight into how the media operates and how the news is created – er recorded – you could do worse than read this book.  I had no idea how gifted a storyteller Jeffrey Archer is until I read it.  His time in politics was clearly not wasted, even if it only meant that he observed a great deal about the media machine!  I wonder if his other books are as enthralling; I particularly liked the subject matter in this one.  And if you’ve come across The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho you might even find a few echoes of that in here (no, really!). Archer manages to evoke sympathy for deeply flawed characters and never fails to shock in style.

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Review – Branching Out

Anything with a possible tree of life on the cover is worth a second look!

Bonnie Cehovet

Branching Out

Author: Noreen Jameson
Artist: Noreen Jameson
Independently Published
2012
ISBN #978-1-105-77879-7

Branching Out cover

“Branching Out” is the fifth in a series of books by Noreen Jameson. Noreen is a metaphysician, healer, and Druid – her books deal with empowering ourselves, and becoming authentic people. I cannot recommend them highly enough! The first three books in this series (“Petals of the R.O.S.E.”, “Wells of Wisdom”, and “Whispers … I know …”) were meant to act as the “roots” of an all-encompassing Tree. Her fourth book, “Lifescapes”, was meant to act as the trunk of the Tree. In the fifth book, “Branching Out”, there is an expansion of previous information, along with new “buds” of information being presented. What we are seeing here is the highly esoteric (IMHO) being brought down to an everyday understanding.

What will you find in this book? A ton of information, that’s what! Okay, to be more…

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