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Can’t find your phone and getting into panic? You could have nomophobia.

Scared it might snow tomorrow? You could have chionophobia.

Phobias can be very difficult for people to live with. We often think of a phobia as screaming at a spider, but it can be much more than that.
 

Plants Can Help Learning

By ACS Bookshop UK on January 25, 2016 in Horticulture / Gardening | comments

New research has found that plants and greenery can actually help students to learn.

Research by Li and Sullivan, from the University of Illinois in 2016 (from the Landscape and Urban Planning Journal) found that students in high school will perform better in tests if they are in a classroom where they can see a green landscape, compared to being in a room where they can only see other buildings.

 
Talking to Yourself is Good For You

Yes, it’s official, it’s not bad to talk to yourself.  In the past, it’s been seen as a bit of an odd thing to do, but Gary Lupyan, a psychologist carried out research in a supermarket. Participants were told to try and remember a list of objects, such as bananas. One group were told to repeat the words out loud, the others remained silent. They found that those who repeated the words aloud recalled the objects faster. 
 

The modest cucumber is actually great for our health and here are ten reasons why:–

  1. The most obvious thing we think cucumber is good at is to help with puffy eyes and skin irritations. Placing a slice of cucumber over your eyes can help reduce puffiness.
  2. Rubbing cucumber on your skin can help to reduce sunburn pain.
  3. Cucumbers can help stimulate hair growth – yes, really. They contain sulphur and silicon which are known to stimulate the growth of hair.
 

Five Ways To Ensure A Happy Pet

By ACS Bookshop UK on January 20, 2016 in Pets | comments
Whether you are an owner of a pet dog, cat, small animal, bird, reptile or even an outdoor animal then it is important to ensure their wellbeing. These five simple steps can ensure that you have a ‘happy’ pet and their basic needs are provided effectively.

1. Adequate Nutrition and Fresh Water
Whatever pet you choose to keep, it is important that you as an owner provide them with the correct diet and ensure all their nutritional requirements are met. Fresh, clean water should be provided at all times and remember, some diets may be more demanding and if fed incorrectly can result in severe health problems.