It seems that there really is more than a little truth in the old adage 'laughter is the best medicine'. Scientific studies around the world are continuing to prove that, apart from making us feel good, laughing actually does us good as well – and can actually significantly increase our life span. Pre-school children laugh or smile between 300 and 400 times a day. By the age of 35, this drops to about 18 times. Why have we lost our sense of humour, and what can we do to put more laughter into our lives?
“Spare the rod, spoil the child” and “No hiding equals no discipline” are familiar adages that offer advice with biblical roots - but are no longer treated as gospel. Indeed, there is no hiding from the fact that research proves corporal punishment is not the most effective method of instilling discipline in children. There are two highly effective alternatives to punishment – positive and negative reinforcement.
Article as it appeared in Weigh- Less magazine. By Natasha Liviero
Feel like you have been pushed-over or passed-over one too many times? If you’re nodding in agreement, it’s time to take a stand and start speaking-up for yourself.
Article as it appeared in Your Baby magazine. By Cath Jenkin
Sending your tot to the naughty corner is a no-no for some moms. Here's why.
Article as it appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine. By Kim Garner
Stop dissing yourself and take credit where it’s due. You deserve it!
Article as it appeared in Weigh-Less magazine. By Natasha Liviero
Conflict usually leads to poor choice of communication, making the battle worse. However, conflict in itself is not bad when managed in a positive manner. People are a package deal. Reasonable conflict facilitates better understanding of each other, ultimately enhancing the relationship.
"Fortune Favours the Brave" - Section of the main article as it appeared in Your Family magazine. By Kate Turner
While she loved her career as a successful psychologist, Durbanite, Claire Newton, 46, had also always dreamt of sailing the high seas.
Article as it appeared in Vroukeur magazine. By Carien Grobler (Translated into English)
The word "criticism" sounds negative and unacceptable in a world where everyone says you should focus on the positive. It can however be positive, writes Carien Grobler.
I was interviewed for Umhlanga Life Blog, in my capacity as President of the Durban Chapter of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) and convenor of the convention. To read it click here.