Buttery Blog

Our anxiety and depression epidemic: over-reliance on social media could be a factor

By | 2017-08-05T13:32:58+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Addiction, Anxiety, Be inspired, Depression|

Speaking at a Science of Happiness forum, “Dr Tony Fernando from the University of Auckland, pointed to an increasing dependency on activities associated with the brain’s excitement-pleasure circuitry for the rising levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers today. Prominent in this cerebral circuitry is social media.”

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By | 2017-07-20T22:33:16+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Be inspired, Happiness, Proven strategies, Wellbeing|

A lot of dis ease and dissatisfaction springs from making false comparisons of ourselves with others. The practice of gratitude and taking stock of all the positive things in our lives has been shown to enhance wellbeing.

This insightful article from The School of Life www.theschooloflife.com helps put things into perspective.

Media release: wellbeing program launches for people suffering work stress

By | 2017-07-09T22:27:56+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Be inspired, Early intervention, Proven strategies, Stress, Wellbeing, Work-life balance|

The Buttery is launching a new social enterprise: The Buttery Private. It will allow The Buttery to use our accumulated knowledge and expertise to help more people in need. Surplus funds the program generates will  be applied to The Buttery’s charitable works.

From the media release:

A new program, The Buttery Private aimed […]

Personality traits mark teenage binge drinkers

By | 2017-06-12T22:13:01+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Be inspired, Binge drinking, Early intervention|

Binge drinking and other substance misuse are prevalent among many teenagers. Many display
higher than average levels of impulsiveness, sensitivity to anxiety, sensation seeking and hopelessness.
These four personality traits have been shown by researchers to predict those teenagers at high risk of becoming binge drinkers with 90 per cent accuracy.

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Depression: statistics, symptoms, treatment

By | 2017-05-27T15:50:21+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Be inspired, Depression, Depression symptoms|

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a new condition as the leading cause of of poor health and disability around the world, which has seen an 18% spike in diagnoses over the past few years. A condition that most of us have encountered in our lives either through personal experience or the […]

How’s your work-life balance?

By | 2017-05-27T15:14:06+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Be inspired, Work-life balance|

An interesting read from news.com.au exploring the idea of ’tilting’, rather than seeking that perfect balance everyone wants but few achieve.

…this idea of striking a work-life balance is a complete myth. It’s damaging and pressures us to achieve something impossible, where a more fluid approach provides the flexibility required to […]

Effective Altruism: earning to give

By | 2017-05-10T23:44:09+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Altruism, Be inspired|

After having her first child in 2010, wealth adviser Louise Pfeiffer made a big decision. “Significant life events have a habit of making you more open to making changes,” she says. “After Sebastian was born, my partner Phil and I became more acutely aware of the suffering in the world and decided to […]