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Psychologies January 2017 - How To Be Charming

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REGULARS
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A review*** of brain-training games has revealed that spending time
OF PARENTS THINK THEIR DAUGHTERS ARE MORE CONFIDENT THAN THEY
A real-life fairy tale, this is the true story of
‘Unlike the care we show our friends and family, the
Every month, Oliver Burkeman suggests the smallest change, which will make the biggest impact on the quality of your daily life
Working up a sweat over pending resolutions? Just relish the experience, says Harriet Minter
In partnership with NOW Live Events, we’re offering two workshops: write a novel with authors Lucy Atkins and Elizabeth Heathcote, and publisher Stef Bierwerth, plus Psychologies’ columnist Harriet Minter takes us from burnout to badass with practical strategies for how to thrive
This month’s roundup of books celebrates life in all its harsh reality, from desolate icy weather to the flip side of the American dream
This month, Vanessa King from Action for Happiness recommends Grit – The Power Of Passion And Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
PROFILE
This month, we’re focusing on charm at Psychologies. Who is the most charming man in the world? We chose David Beckham. But why? Katy Regan gets to the heart of ‘Becks-appeal’
FEATURES
Our resident health writer, Martha Roberts, explores three simple ways to improve your memory
How can you feel more connected, alive and excited by life? Wake up and read on, writes Suzy Bashford
Too busy to start your own business? You need to stop juggling and focus, says our new columnist, best-selling author and businesswoman, Sháá Wasmund MBE
A difference in libido is a reality of many relationships and can cause great conflict. Grace Abelola, who has always wanted less sex than her husband, went in search of a solution
The fresh-faced, effervescent broadcaster talks about the role music plays in her life, what makes her tick and her mindfulness app, Quility
Do you have a tyrant, a victim or a drama queen in your family? Many of us will recognise these characteristics in people we are close to – and even ourselves. Martha Roberts explains how to change dynamics, and keep the peace over the festive season
Our award-winning coach Kim Morgan meets a woman whose extreme overthinking and overanalysing is holding her back
A chance encounter led Emma and David Mann to this seaside villa, which is a striking backdrop for their antique collection, as well as a cosy family home
A bizarre inheritance took David Bramwell on a magical journey, and taught him how to live
Our agony aunt Mary Fenwick offers a new perspective on whatever is troubling you
THE DOSSIER
What is charm? A magical aura that surrounds a chosen
Can you cultivate charm? Three people share what they have learned about charm and how to use it for a more fulfilling life
Authenticity might be the key to charm, but what is it really, how can you get it and how do you use it once you’ve found it? Stephen Joseph, author of Authentic, shares his advice on finding and using authenticity in your life
Can there be a sinister side to a person’s charisma? Psychotherapist and counsellor, Ahi Wheeler, reveals the underworld of charm…
Your innate charm is your secret superpower and it can give you confidence in everyday life. Take our quiz to identify and nurture it
THE RETREAT
Easy nibbles and tantalising treats washed down with a cocktail or three… get into the spirit of celebration with these Italian aperitivo ideas
Take a bow as the queen of thoughtful presents with our insightful guide, created by Sally Brown, who shows us how to find the perfect gift for all the individual personalities in our lives
#360ME
Friends, old and new, are the greatest tonic for the soul
Every month, the #360me team will be sharing our baby-steps approach to leading a healthier, happier life – expert-endorsed and real-life approved
With the hedonistic festive season almost here, might we be able to find balance during our celebrations by truly understanding willpower? Ali Roff unwraps the secrets…
January’s One Good Thing from The Art Of Breathing by Danny Penman
The founder of all-natural haircare range for curly hair, Bouclème, shares her favourite supplements, organic skincare and restorative treatments
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CEO and founder of abeautifulworld shares her tips on creating a booming green beauty business online
Imelda Burke – author of The Nature Of Beauty and founder of organic boutique, Content Beauty & Wellbeing – debunks the ingredients list, to help you make a more informed choice
NOW Live Events, in partnership with Psychologies & West Lexham, invite you to join us for a weekend of complete relaxation of mind and body
The iconic G&T may well be a mainstay of your Christmas festivities, says nutritionist Eve Kalinik – but there’s more to the affectionately termed ‘Mother’s Ruin’ than meets the eye
Following the death of two loved ones, novelist and poet, Richard Skinner, set off on a fundraising pilgrimage along Scotland’s West Highland Way, to allow himself to heal and grieve
Lace up your walking boots and brace yourself for a breath of fresh air, immersed in nature, with an exotic selection of meaningful holidays for travellers with a conscience