June 29, 2019

Grit: The Fuel to Excel in Life

Have you ever wondered what makes certain individuals excel in school, why certain military cadets remain in training while others drop out or why certain salesmen […]
June 11, 2019

7 Self-Help Steps to Emotional First-Aid

As humans, we often show favouritism to the body over the mind. We expect others and even ourselves to simply “get over” psychological pain such as […]
June 1, 2019

The Endgame? Understanding Grief and Loss with the Avengers

[Minor spoilers ahead] The whole of May have been abuzz with activity online when Avengers: Endgame was released in our local cinemas. At long last, the […]
April 26, 2019

A Little Humour Goes a Long Way

A little humour can always seem to make the road to recovery a little less daunting. Check out these cool artworks by Gemma Corell as she […]
April 19, 2019

Communication: The Bridge to a Healthy Relationship

    Earlier this week, the Hong Kong entertainment industry was shaken by the scandal of one of their male artists who was seen acting inappropriately […]
April 12, 2019

Toxic Positivity: Not All That’s Good, Is Good

We’ve all had bad days and difficult periods in our lives. When a loved one such as a friend or family member is going through something […]
April 4, 2019

Millenial Burnout: Are We Just “Snowflakes”?

We were told that the world today is safer and more secured than in the past; We were told that opportunities now are aplenty and we […]
March 15, 2019

Free Intern Counselling Services!

ABRI is offering FREE THERAPY services with our qualified and supervised Masters-level interns in Counselling!!   Jackie and Jing Rong are both students from the Masters […]
August 21, 2018

Childhood Matters for Grown Ups (30 Aug – 2 Sept) Workshop

ABRI is proud to present our inaugural training event “Childhood Matters for Grown Ups” by Ms. Sudha Kudva, M.Sc., M. Coun., P.G. Dip., celebrated author, counsellor, […]


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“Smile though your heart is aching. Smile even though it’s breaking.”This phrase was from a very popular song from the 50’s by Croner Nat King Cole. In that very song he also advises “light up your face with gladness…hide every trace of sadness”. Did you know that the very act of smiling will elevate your mood and replace sadness with joy? It’s that simple to make yourself a little bit happier in the moment. When your smiling muscles are activated, it releases neurotransmitters that is responsible for the emotion of joy.People smile when they are happy, and, as it turns out, people are also happy when they smile. It’s a simple act accessible to each and every single one of us. Pause for a moment and take a guess at how many times you have smiled today. According to behavioural observations, a happy adult typically only manages forty to fifty grins. Some adults only get in twenty or so a day.Are smile contagious? YES!, but why? Our ability to mimic a smile greatly influences our ability to determine if others’ smiles are genuine. Without the ability to mimic, it is difficult to connect through smiling. Our minds evaluate whether the situation calls for a smile, and we subconsciously mimic the person’s smile, testing it out.When we smile, what is going on in the brain? Neuronal signals travel from the cortex to the brain stem and on down into the smiling muscles in the face. When these muscles engage, they send feedback to the brain, saying, “Hey, we’re happy!” Find ways to incorporate reasons to smile more in your life. Find out what it takes to make you smile and increase the amount of love you give the world!“Real happiness lies within you.” -Sathya Sai Baba
*A little booster*“Day what of Movement Control Order (MCO)? Is it day 40th, or 50th? I have lost count.” We are all currently experiencing a life event we never thought we would have to experience. Due to the current pandemic, we were required to stay at home and practice social distancing to prevent the virus from spreading. Now that we have more free time, people think that we should use this time to be productive and to self-improve. All over social medias, I have seen people trying out new recipes, doing exercises, cleaning their room, picking up a new hobby or even registering in online skill classes. Personally, I think that it is good that people are exploring new things and are starting to notice and appreciate the little things around them. After seeing all my friends trying to be productive, I have the urge to plan my daily schedule with back to back activities. It felt satisfying to accomplish and try out many new things. As time goes by, I find it draining. Some days I did not manage to be productive and all I wanted to do was just binge-watch drama series. Ah, another day wasted, I thought. I realized there were days I did not manage to tick of all the task on my to-do-list, and that made me feel guilty. I felt guilty for not being as productive and for curling in my bed and watching movies all day. Mainly, I felt guilty for not living up to expectations. I recalled comparing myself to my friends and saying “Oh, my friends are doing these now, and I did not complete what I had to do today.” It made me blame myself for not trying hard enough.When I reflected on this issue, I came to realization that it is okay. There is nothing wrong with trying to be productive, in fact, it is beneficial. Seeing others being productive might motivate us to be adventurous and might give us plenty of ideas about what we would like to explore, however, we should not be pressured by it. In my opinion, people tend to show their good side on social media, it sometimes makes people feel as if they are not good enough compared to their peers. This thought could be viewed as a motivation, or it could bring people down. Therefore, we should be aware of the contents we view and how it influences our thoughts. Being productive is subjective and people have different interpretations on productive, whether it is completing one task a day or completing multiple task a day. So, do not compare, do not use your friends as your guideline to be productive. If you feel like reading a book, do it. If you feel motivated to film a video, do it. If staying in bed and listening to some music is all you wanted to do today, it is okay. We should do things following our heart and desire. Be productive on your own pace. Most importantly, enjoy the things that we do, and that we are doing it for ourselves, not for joining the hype or lifestyle of other people. Remember, do things that makes ourselves happy. It is very much needed during a time like this.Li Ann, InternCheck this link for more information :