Now this is something you won’t find me giving a recipe for. It is a favourite of a client of mine but even she admitted it was an acquired taste. (Should I ever be invited onto Saturday Kitchen sprouts would definitely feature in my food hell choice). But it serves beautifully to exemplify how different our small pleasures are. Whilst this may be blindingly obvious, what is less obvious is that it is, according to William Bloom, vital to seek out and create positive experiences – of all kinds – so that we manage the body chemistry that keeps us well. In his book, Feeling Safe, he shares many thoughts about how to protect yourself against stress and negativity and how to build inner confidence and strength.
I was very cheered to read in the Sunday Times this week that there is no one gene for intelligence. Since it is difficult even to define intelligence in a generally acceptable way, it is perhaps no surprise that scientists have not found one, or even a few, genes that are responsible for it. What would they be responsible for exactly? But that is another post. The consensus is that there are lots of genes which all contribute in a small way to our cognitive skills.