What is the Runner's High

May 19th, 2021
Exercise is known to have a positive effect on mental health, with active people less likely to experience depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Along with its positive influence on long-term behaviour, exercise has also been associated with immediate feel-good vibes. If you're an enthusiastic jogger, you may have experienced the famous runner's high. Marked by feelings of euphoria, this natural high has long been attributed to endorphins. According to a recent study, however, endogenous cannabinoids may actually be responsible.

The runner's high is a subjective euphoric feeling that can happen both during and immediately after exercise. While physical exertion often causes discomfort and even pain, the lucky few also get a pronounced feeling of delight. When you run, you're flooding your body and blood with endorphins. As the body's self-produced opiates, endorphins produce a variety of chemical changes that are often interpreted as pleasure and joy. Endorphins are a natural pain reliever, which helps you to run for longer and feel better when you're finished.

Property Growth at 30 Year High

May 14th, 2021
Australians are accustomed to strong house price growth, with prices having risen fairly steadily over many decades. The current situation is a little more pronounced, however, as ultra-low interest rates and strange economic times help to inspire the most growth since the 1980s. According to data from CoreLogic, national home value rose 6.8% in the April quarter, which is the highest growth since 1988.

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Budget Breakdown

May 10th, 2021

The 2021 Federal Budget has been released, and as the second budget to be handed down since COVID-19, it’s far from typical. Many of the central elements of the budget are a direct response to the pandemic, as the government tackles a new world and tries to identify Australia’s place in it. Health and aged care are front-and-centre, with significant […]

Mars Gets Busy

May 7th, 2021

Mars is getting crowded, with a number of separate space agencies reaching the Red Planet in recent weeks. Three new probes from three countries arrived in February, with NASA and China both touching down on the surface in recent days. While only the US, Russia, and China have touched down on Mars so far, other nations have achieved orbit. There […]

Home Schooling Boom

May 3rd, 2021

COVID-19 has changed many things, from our social and recreational habits to the way we work and study. During the height of the pandemic and lockdown response in 2020, remote working and learning became a reality for millions of people across the globe. Parents and school children of all ages experienced remote learning for the first time, and some of […]

Average Deposit Climbers Higher than $100,000

April 21st, 2021

The average deposit for an Australian home has reached beyond $100,000 for the first time ever. As property prices continue to skyrocket across the country, potential homeowners need to save for longer if they want to get into the market. There are numerous reasons for the property boom, with the stratospheric post-COVID take-off down to low interest rates, a renewed […]

New Hobbies for Winter

April 15th, 2021

As the cold winter months draw closer, it’s a great time to develop a new hobby. Whether you want to get outside and brave the fresh air or snuggle down in the warmth of a blanket, winter is a great time to discover new interests and spend time doing the things you love. From solo activities to new hobbies with […]

The Growing Global Inflation Problem

April 13th, 2021

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 nightmare, at vastly different speeds and scales, novel and pre-existing economic problems could have a pronounced impact on future prosperity. The world is currently facing a trillion dollar inflation conundrum, and not a single nation or industry sector can remain insulated. From governments and businesses to private investors and households, the current outlook […]

Exercise Doesn't Have to be Boring

April 6th, 2021

As we get ready for the coming winter, it’s a great time to ingrain new health and lifestyle habits. Contrary to popular belief, exercise doesn’t have to be boring. From yoga classes in front of the TV to ocean swimming and beyond, fun fitness activities help you to get off the couch and live a more productive lifestyle. Let’s take […]

How Human Beings Developed Big Brains

April 1st, 2021

Human beings have bigger brains than our animal cousins, with the size and complexity of our neural network responsible for continual leaps of evolution. While multiple studies have been carried out on the human brain, new research has uncovered the actual biological switch that may be responsible for our collective growth as a species. When ‘brain organoids’ were grown in […]

Property Market Booms

March 17th, 2021

The Australian property market continues to boom, as buyers face a “perfect storm” of strong demand and low supply. Despite emerging from a global pandemic and economic downturn, the Sydney market has reached an all-time high and other capitals are not far behind. Property sellers are being swamped with offers, banks are welcoming new customers, and record low interest rates […]