Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

Alhamdulillah Allah has graced us with another Ramadan and now it’s drawn to an end. Taqabbalallahu minnaa wa minkum. May Allah accept the good deeds performed by both us and you. Eid Mubarak from the Halal Life team! Stay safe this Eid and love your close ones more than ever before!

Science says smile

Science says smile

Sometimes a simple smile goes a long way. Let’s look at what science says Altruism and Smiling Being in a good mood makes you more altruistic, more likely to be generous and helpful towards others. The Science: Think back to the days of phoneboxes (if you can!). Think of a time when went into the phone box and found coins there (you know you checked). How great did that feel? Capitalising on this moment, Isen and Levin set up a famous…

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The Benefits of Volunteering

The Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your mood and satisfaction with life. Studies show that people who spare their time and devote it to volunteering and helping others have a greater sense of social connected-ness, which in turn wards off loneliness and low mood.

What Sugar does to our Brains

What Sugar does to our Brains

It can feel like we are often bombarded with information highlighting the negative link between sugar and health. We are told that sugar negatively impacts our mental well-being, by suppressing hormones that play a significant role in brain health. We are told that sugar has a detrimental effect on learning and memory, and that is has addictive properties, meaning that once you start on the sugar buzz, it can be hard to stop. Recent research has even highlighted the significant…

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The Muslim and his Neighbour

The Muslim and his Neighbour

He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbour to his side goes hungry Prophet Muhammad, al-Sunan al-Kubrá There is great emphasis on the neighbour in Islam. The idea is, if we all look after at least our neighbours, then the whole community will be at security. In Surah Nisa, Verse 36, Allah says: Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor…

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What is Anxiety

What is Anxiety

We hear the word “anxiety” thrown around a lot these days. We have all described ourselves as feeling “anxious” at one stage or another – whether it’s linked to a feeling of dread about an upcoming event, or associated with the stress or pressures of the workplace, or related to a particular issue in a relationship. And it’s natural and normal that we feel anxiety in particular situations – but what about when it goes above and beyond what the…

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Good Mood Food – Food for a good mental state

Good Mood Food – Food for a good mental state

It is commonly accepted that our diet has an effect on our physical health. Media and social media are constantly bombarding us with the latest diets we need to try in order to get our bodies in the ‘perfect’ shape. Less talked about, however, is the effect our diet has on our mental health. While we may attribute our irritability, mood swings and difficulty concentrating to other stressors in life, our diet may have a big part to play in causing these symptoms.

First 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

First 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

Some of the most important days of the year are the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. In Surah Al-Fajr, Allah swears by the 10 nights. Scholars are in agreement, this relates to the first ten nights of Dhul Hijjah. We often see Allah swearing by magnificent phenomenon in the Quran, this in turn gives more weight to the verses to follow. Allah is swearing by these first ten nights. These nights are not to be taken lightly.

8 Tips for a Nutritious Ramadan

8 Tips for a Nutritious Ramadan

As far as a healthy nutritious lifestyle goes, Ramadan is a good opportunity to stop bad food habits and limit what we eat. Fasting relieves and strengthens the digestive system while increasing its efficiency and helps adjust triglyceride levels in the blood. However, because our suhoor and iftaar contain highly calorific foods we in fact reverse any benefit.