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The Mindfulness experiment

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Alan White Although I am passionate about well-being and I believe that all young people need to learn key skills to take control and care for their own well-being, I have, in the past, been resistant to mindfulness. Why? Because I am the type of person that finds it difficult to sit still for any […]

Sometimes we just need to stop

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Alan White “Beware the bareness of a busy life – Socrates. Life is becoming more and more hectic for all of us. I’m finding it hard recently to remember when I last had nothing to do. Don’t get me wrong, I believe it is important for our well-being that we have goals and are motivated […]

Listening to understand

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Alan White “Loneliness doesn’t come from having no one around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that are important to you.” – Carl Jung How many times have you had a conversation, and after it finished, you struggled to remember what you spoke about? More importantly, how many times have you struggled […]

Self-Evaluating & Goal setting! Why over committing to our resolutions can be damaging to our well-being!

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Alan White It’s that time of year again when many of us have set out our new year’s resolutions and promise ourselves that this time things will be different. We are declaring aloud for all to hear, the monumental changes we intend to make in our lives. Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking, learning a […]

Looking Back!

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Alan White Last March when I wrote my first piece for Creaghcastle Publishing, I was very nervous to say the least. I have learned over the past year that, when writing anything, you are putting a piece of yourself out there. The thought of this frightened me if I’m honest, and looking back over my […]

Building resilience builds well-being

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Alan White “When you are going through hell, keep going!” – Winston Churchill. The above quote, for me, encapsulates the need we all have to build our resilience. Resilience is a mental toughness, it is the ability to bounce back from setbacks in our lives as well as the ability to cope with and overcome […]

The Pygmalion effect – how our young people live up (or down) to our expectations

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Alan White In 1964 Harvard psychologist Robert Rosenthal was given permission to administer a new IQ test to a group of Elementary school students. After administering the test, a group of children were highlighted to the teacher as having great potential to academically flourish over the next year. Sure enough over the following academic year […]