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It's Christmas time! That time of year that can be either blissfully happy or incredibly stressful.  It’s also the time of year where we tend to see people be just that little bit kinder and more respectful to others.  If I had my way I would make this ‘Christmas spirit’ continue for 365 days of the year. Not only does it make us feel better but research supports that developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ can increase happiness, reduce depression and strengthen resiliency.

Researchers such as Bruce Lipton’s have given us an insight into epigenetics, which is the study of changes in organisms caused by the modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.  Lipton’s research discusses his manipulation of environments that gene cells are in, leading to different outcomes to the SAME gene. Further stating that by simply changing the environment that the gene is in changes the outcome of the gene expression. Leading to the debate that we have more control than we originally thought over our own health and projection in life.  This type of research goes onto discuss the impact on an ‘attitude of gratitude’ on a person's brain.  Giving us proof that grateful people experience reduce blood pressure, less chronic pain, have increased energy levels and even live longer lives. 

There is a whole science now behind gratitude and how repetition and practice can change our beliefs and overall sense of self.  It makes logical sense the better we feel about ourselves and our environment and have higher self-esteem which means we would tend to be more prosocial and thus making us more connected to those around us.  However there is no scientific proof that has been replicated over and over that gratitude actually rewires our brain and produces dopamine and serotonin, these feel-good neurotransmitters activate the happy part (not the official term

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Random Acts of Kindness

Hey everyone! I am back… recently I told my human I wanted to do some nice things for other people, she asked me “like who Benji” and well I said woof! I decided I wanted to do random nice acts for random people to make them smile! Everyone is always being so nice to me and making me smile by giving me tummy rubs I want to do the same! 

First of all, I wanted to give a special thank you to the coffee shop that always brings my human's treats! They go out of their way to bring them to her to make her happy and I think that’s amazing! Secondly, I went to this very nice doctors surgery and I know my human always goes to visit them there and they’re always so lovely and helpful! I wanted to show them some kindness to for all their support. Lastly, I decided to take some flowers and place them on cars with a message letting them know that we were just trying to make their day and we hope they smiled! Woof… 

I am very happy I got to do something so nice and fun! I really do love making people smile! If you guys do anything like this feel free to send the pictures to our Facebook Page! Woof… we love to see everyone getting involved and making people happy especially around the holiday times! 



I’m off for belly rubs now! Chat soon, Benji b2ap3_thumbnail_Benjis-signature_20180819-221014_1.jpg

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Are you a Protagonist pushing people away?
The other day I had dinner with my brother, and we became engrossed in a conversation about life and the universe. I always enjoy a deep and meaningful discussion with people who think bigger than just here and now. During the conversation my big bro introduced me to the concept of a protagonist. I had heard and perhaps even used this word before without too much thought however in the context of our conversation it was quite eye-opening. This followed into a conversation about the impact of being around people who are protagonists and what that means in our lives and in the world in general and something struck me after having that conversation.

Before I move onto explain my revelation it might be useful to clarify what a Protagonist is. A Protagonist is someone who is the leading character or one of the major characters in a play, film, novel. In this blog I will be bending the term to be the leading character of their own lives. 

Superficially this would appear very benign and perhaps even normal, however when we break it down a bit further it’s when those around us are wrapped up in ONLY their lives and sometimes to the detriment of the relationships around them. When people will be more interested in themselves than anyone around them. I am sure everyone at some point in their lives been in contact with someone who always seems to turn the conversation around and back onto themselves. 

What I have found over my time walking this earth is that this leads to individuals being more disconnected than connected. Let me be clear it does not make someone a bad person because at that point they are all about themselves, it does however mean that they are not slowing down enough to be reflective about their behaviour and its impact on those around them. 

Autopilot is a dangerous place to live our life, especially if we want to grow and create the life we want. The issue being is when we are on autopilot we are simply not able to be aware, and will continue to do what we have always done without another thought. If you are completely happy with every single part of your life then this would not be an issue, and bravo if that’s the case, however the majority of the population is striving to be, do and have more. We will often tolerate a protagonist Die to our primal drive to be part of the collective rather than alone, but only for a period of time, then we will seek others out who are more like us, or stimulate us. Being around others who stimulate us and challenge our beliefs, concepts and actions is incredibly useful if we want to create a life worth living.

If you have ever followed me or seen any of my online programs and workshops, I talked about the concept a Brain Trust, which is a concept that was introduced to me when I was doing a program. The idea or concept of a Brain Trust is that we have one or two people in our world that we feel safe with and value their opinion who we can have these bigger conversations with. I am talking about those conversations that go deeper where we start to really question the status quo and get really curious about, the ‘whys’ of the world. The ‘what is life all about’ and ‘why are we here conversations’, ‘why you do that and believe this and not that?’. I can hear what you are saying ‘wow I would hate to be a member of Natalie’s family");">

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Dog with a Blog- Even I get Anxious

Hey everyone, it’s Benji… I am back! I recently found out humans love to take baths… I mean I do to but that blow drier.. grrr! I don’t know what it is about that drier, but it always has my heart beating quickly and I start shaking no matter how much my human tells me it won’t hurt me. I think my human called it a bit of a specific phobia. She talks about it often in the clinic she says it can do things like this;

-          Marked fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation

-          The phobic object or situation almost always provokes immediate fear or anxiety or is actively avoided

-          The fear, anxiety or avoidance is persistent, typically lasting more than 6 months

-          The fear or anxiety is out of proportion to the actual danger posed by the specific object

Jayne from Aussie Pooch Mobile always gives me a special treat after my bath to make me feel better and always makes me feel a little less scared of that silly drier by talking calmly and being extra gentle. My human always gives me lots of cuddles and belly rubs to calm me down as well. All humans are so nice when they understand how the drier makes me feel. Speaking of I think I just heard someone say bath time! Got to run, see you soon.. woof!

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Hi, it's me Benji and I'm back for more blogs!

Hi, it's me Benji, back for more Blogs. I know I have been away for a while but I have been working really hard at the office and getting lots of belly rubs from all the super nice humans that come into the clinic.. woof.

My human has always been really amazing at taking me outside, on bike rides, to the beach and to the park, when I am not working, and it made me realise she is always encouraging people to do something called "exercise" ... I am not sure what that is, but I think it means being outside! She says it has really good health benefits, but I thought everyone already liked to go outside and smell everything? Being outside does things like;

- Reduce stress
- Boost happy endorphins
- Improve self confidence
- Alleviate anxiety
- Boost brainpower
- Increase relaxation

She's pretty cool when she's helping other people. Hearing all the good things about being outside makes me want to play outside so that's what I am going to do. Talk soon humans woof!

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