Lending my support to providing Pause, Breathe, Smile in all NZ schools

– Nigel Latta July 2018. We teach kids all kinds of stuff. We teach them things like using their manners, how to brush their teeth, how to cross the road safely, and how to read and write. When they get older we teach them about sex and sexuality, and driving cars, and financial literacy, and trigonometry, and a million other …

Pause, Breathe, Smile featured in new “Mindfulness and Education” book

The recent publication of Mindfulness and Education: Research and Practice, by Cambridge Scholars Publishing includes a chapter written by Grant Rix. Here’s a snippet from Grant’s chapter, called Mindful Aotearoa: Promoting the Benefits of Mindfulness Grounded in Local Context and Understanding: “…It is proposed that these two further mindfulness skills of 1) responding skillfully to a situation with awareness rather than …

Hardwire yourself for lasting happiness

The negativity bias kept our ancestors alive in tough conditions but, in modern times, it is a relic of the Stone Age and can make us more prone to depression and anxiety. This is one of New York Times bestselling author and psychologist Dr Rick Hanson’s key talking points. Earlier this year I had the good fortune to meet Rick, who returns …

The Mindfulness Colouring Book

Colouring might just be one of those rare trends with a bit of substance behind it. Research on the benefits of colouring is in its infancy, but early results are promising, suggesting that 20 minutes spent colouring can decrease stress and anxiety. However, I’m most interested in the research that says colouring may be one way you can practise mindfulness. I …