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What you wear affects how you feel. What about what you don't wear?

Andrew Badham - 2018-07-10 15:59:57

My approach to what I wear to gym has always been fairly practical, old shirts and shorts that I don’t mind getting worn out are my staple. So, naturally, these are not always the most flattering items in wardrobe. But who cares, right? It’s the workout that’s important, not how you looked doing it. I was the type of person who would chuckle at gym goers ogling themselves in the mirror while they exercised. I would deride folks who wore immaculate and carefully selected work... Read more

The most eager students already know the most

Andrew Badham - 2018-06-26 15:42:16

The most qualified people are the most eager to learn. That sounds obvious, and to a large extent, it is. People who are eager to learn become more qualified; they’re excited to find out new information, techniques and ideas, and so they do. The less obvious trait of these folks is that they’re eager to learn even if the content isn’t new, even if they are already extremely well versed. I’ve experienced this countless times in class; the most knowledgeable student is b... Read more

Exercise can help treat depression - that is, if you have the motivation

Andrew Badham - 2018-06-18 15:50:58

This morning, I came across yet another article promoting the benefits of exercise in treating depression. I’ll freely admit that I have a bias to believe the evidence these reports are putting forward. I certainly feel more vital, energetic and, quite simply put, happy when I’ve been allowed to truly exert myself. Essentially, I’m a dog. It seems I’m not the only dog, though. Blockbuster star of Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, Chris Pratt has been quite op... Read more

Train your staff, retain your staff

Andrew Badham - 2018-06-04 14:50:38

There’s a subtle fear that pervades most employers. The fear that, if they upskill their staff, those staff members will leave shortly thereafter, and that investment will be lost. There is a certain logic to that idea. If your staff are more valuable, they are more employable, and if they’re more employable, surely they would immediately job hunt for higher salaries? Well, no. The simple reason why is that people don’t solely make their employment decisions based on salary. Pe... Read more

In Defense of Lucky Underpants: making use of the placebo effect

Andrew Badham - 2018-06-01 10:51:37

The Placebo Effect is certainly one of life’s stranger quirks. The fact that you can take a sugar pill and feel better simply because you thought you would is strange to most of us, and yet, it gets stranger still. Apparently, even if you know you’re receiving a placebo, you will experience similar effects to if you had been deceived into thinking it was real. A research article published in December 2017 in the concisely named Journal, Pain, detailed this phenomenon. The research... Read more

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