Wellbeing

9 insanely cute photos of puppies swimming

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9:32am Your day isn't complete until you've met Popsicle and Monty.

'Raising Awareness'

Hidden camera: Woman's cleavage stared at 38 times to 'raise awareness'

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Sarah Oakes 4:37pm The message is (apparently), 'if everyone else is checking out your breasts you might as well be checking them out too.

Disordered eating

The ugly secret I kept hidden for close to a decade

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Sally Slater After all, what right have I, a privileged white girl who was handed everything on a silver platter, to be a screw-up?

New research

How exercise can help depression

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Melissa Healy Breaking a sweat can feel like a lifeline when stress threatens to engulf us - so how does it actually work?

Speedy meditation

How to feel more mindful in five minutes

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Aileen Nakhle Even five minutes of meditation can help you feel centred.

Bare necessities

I bought nothing new for a year

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Josefa Pete Could you go a year without buying anything new? Here's how one woman is meeting that challenge.

History of contraception

Watching this video will make you clutch your modern contraception to your heart

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Effie Mann This will make you SO grateful for your birth control.

Empowering speeches

14 powerful speeches every woman should watch

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These women's words will make your heart soar.

Mod contraception

Innovative ways birth control is being reinvented

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Matt Petronzio Birth control pills and traditional latex condoms have been among the most popular and effective methods of contraception for decades. But innovators think it's time for an upgrade — not only to increase protection, but also to establish safe sex as a basic human right.

Road testing 'Cuddlr'

I tried out Cuddlr, the 'Tinder for cuddling', and all I got was severely creeped out

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Caitlin Dewey The app, which promises to connect consenting adults for safe, fun, nonsexual snuggling, relies on the same geolocation technology as Tinder, Grindr and their ilk.

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Finding balance

The three key aspects of fitness

'Mental escapism may … leave you unprepared for the difficulties that crop up on the rocky road to success.'

Raewyn Ng Yes there are aesthetic reasons for getting in shape, but we need to look at the big picture to achieve wellness.

Selling 'happy pills' to kids is not a smart idea

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Yolanda Redrup A Port Melbourne cafe and children's toy shop has come under scrutiny from health experts and the state's consumer affairs body for selling "Happy Pills" to children.

Mental health

Where is the support for carers of the mentally ill?

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Polly Chester Devasted after witnessing the suicide attempt of a loved one, Polly Chester asks why there is no support for careres of the mentally ill. Hero headline: 'I tried not to throw up, cry or scream'

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How to live a longer, healthier life

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Evelyn Lewin Want to be healthier and live longer? The answer may be as simple as sitting less.

Happy thoughts

The power of positive thinking

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Aileen Nakhle "Stay positive" - it's what we say when life throws a curve ball. But what good will that really do? Well for starters, it might add years to your life.

Breathe in...

You're probably breathing all wrong

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Sarah Laurie We breathe instinctively, yet over 97 per cent of us do so ineffectively.

Stress less

Is there an easy way to cure your anxiety?

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Alexandra Cain Everyone experiences anxiety. It’s part of the normal range of human emotions. If you think you have never been anxious, you’re probably in denial.

21 Cats Better at Photobombing Than You

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The photobomb is more than a quick and easy prank — it's a work of art.

Male birth control

Male birth control could be here by 2017 - but will anyone take it?

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Radhika Sanghani Vasalgel, male birth control, could be available to the public by 2017 in the form of an injection. But would anyone have it - and would women really be able to relinquish responsibility?

New study

'Fat shaming' does not help people lose weight, experts say

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Making overweight and obese people feel bad about their size does not encourage them to shed excess kilograms, researchers found.

New habits

How to reverse the damage of all that sitting

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Abby Phillip Sitting for eight or more hours a day can be deadly, so do something about it.

Health truths

Do bras really cause breast cancer?

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Lenny Bernstein Here's what a new and rigorous examination of the issue concludes.

Young women with breast cancer '$40k worse off'

Carole Renouf, CEO of the Breast Cancer Foundation speaks on the impact of breast cancer on a woman's career, relationships and life.

AMY CORDEROY Young women who develop breast cancer do not get the help and support they need, and many are suffering long-term financial and emotional consequences, the National Breast Cancer Foundation says.

How Arianna thrives

Arianna Huffington's 12 tips for a better life

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Kim Knight Arianna Huffington chats to us ahead of her appearance in Sydney tonight.

Women's health

Ovarian cancer: what you need to know about the 'silent' killer

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Irene Maher Despite advances, ovarian cancer survival rates refuse to budge.

Gisele x Under Armour

Gisele Bundchen kicks ass in latest Under Armour ad

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Neha Prakash Haters gonna hate. And Gisele Bundchen's gonna kick their asses.

Women's health

Rise in double mastectomies fails to boost cancer survival rate

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Michelle Fay Cortez The number of women who have both breasts removed following a cancer diagnosis has risen to more than 1 in 10, even as a new study shows the surgery doesn’t improve survival over less drastic treatment.

Basic anatomy

Half of young British women don’t know where their vagina is

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Radhika Sanghani Out of 1,000 women surveyed, just half of those aged 26 to 35 could locate the vagina .

Going viral

Mother with Alzheimer's recognizes daughter for a beautiful moment

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Laura Vitto Kelly Gunderson got a brief — but wonderful — surprise after her mother.

$67K fine

Should #thinspiration be a crime?

Discussions about the impact of anorexia and pro-ana sites in Australia have been largely hidden from the public.

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A Italian bill that could result in fines of $67,000 for pro-anorexia websites sets a new benchmark.

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Sex talk

Why it's so important to talk about sex openly

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Matty Silver You'd think we would all be open, relaxed and comfortable with sex talk, but often the opposite is true.

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Digital detox

Have you tried switching off?

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Linda McSweeny Linda McSweeny and her family go device-free in the hope of reconnecting and finding calm.

Healthy habits

How to stay youthful, inside and out

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Paula Goodyer There's growing evidence that what we do to boost our health on the inside can improve how we look on the outside too.

The Oprah of Instagram: have a lightbulb moment with this artist's insta-wisdom

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Artist Amber Ibarreche's uses her Instagram account will not only put a smile on anyone's face, but also lend solid life advice for when you're feeling down.

RU486

What it's like to take the abortion pill

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Lydia Kae* One woman's experience with RU-486.

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Body image

5 things you should know about me, a fat girl who wears revealing clothes

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Erin McKelle I don't believe there is anything inherently wrong or bad about being fat. In fact, I love being fat.

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Honest advertising

These white pants and blue fluid-free tampon ads are hilarious

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Effie Mann But, seriously, how will we know the products work if there's no woman turning cartwheels?

Tree of life

Inside the world of human placentophagia

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Jackie Dent Jackie Dent explores the pros and cons of saving - and ingesting - the afterbirth.

Only the lonely

The truth about loneliness

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Erin O'Dwyer Loneliness is not just a sad condition - it's also dangerous for your health.

A definitive answer

Is sleeping in underwear bad for us? A definitive answer at last

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Ali Benton There's theories, rumours and old wives tales... but there's also gynaecologists. So we asked one.

There's no 'right' kind of body, so let's give up the search

#fatkini: Gabi Fresh (second from right) models her new range of bikinis.

Clementine Ford Clementine Ford's guide to the imperfect bikini body.

Enough already

Have we reached 'peak gratitude'?

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CATHERINE RODIE Unless you are a social media pariah, you are probably aware that gratitude has taken over social media.

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Befriending anxiety

How to be a good friend to someone with depression or anxiety

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Melissa Pearce After a bestie break-up, Melissa Pearce provides a primer for future friends.

Mental health

Finally, we're talking about mental illness like adults

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Rebecca Ruiz Williams' death -- the first high-profile, celebrity suicide in the age of social media -- marks a unique cultural moment.

Snooze 'n' lose

How to lose weight in your sleep

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Aileen Nakhle A new study has found that sleeping in a cooler room can boost your metabolism.

New research

Exercise cuts breast cancer risk 10 per cent

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Melissa Healy A study has found that a modest amount of exercise drives down breast cancer risk.

Sex re-education

Here's everything you need to know about contraception

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RACHEL CLUN It's probably been a few years since you sat in a sex-ed class in high school, so here's a refresher course.

Sleep 101

All your sleep-related questions answered

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AILEEN NAKHLE Everything you ever wanted to know about sleep, as explained by an expert.

Mental health

How schizophrenics around the world describe the voices they hear

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Alice Robb The British Journal of Psychiatry offers a new perspective on how schizophrenia is experienced across cultures.

Food-mood link

Does your diet actually influence your mood?

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Paula Goodyer We’ve known for a while that exercise can improve depression but could a healthier diet also help improve your mood?

Positive habits

The one word you need to learn to say

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Laura Shin There is one little habit that will make you happier and more productive.

Joyful genes

Did you know that happiness is inherited?

Parents, find the time to do the things you love. You kids will learn happiness from you that way.

Heidi Stevens We grow up witnessing and measuring every one of our parents' emotions.

Bedtime habits

Are you guilty of 'bedtime procrastination'?

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RACHEL CLUN Feeling a little tired this morning? Perhaps this is why.

Fertility truths

The truth about fertility after the age of 35

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Nick Raine-Fenning A must-read for women concerned about their chances of conceiving later in life.

Women's sexual health

The global impact of the female condom

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Natasha Khan and Ketaki Gokhale “Female condoms gives women a choice to say: ‘Okay, if you don’t want to wear one, I will.’”

Weekend work

Is it healthy to work through your weekend?

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Alexandra Tselios Finding the flexibility to work in a way that is conducive to nurturing other important areas of life.

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Disorderly eating

How I finally said no to my eating disorder

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Robyn Cruze-Harrington Actor Robyn Cruze-Harrington looks back on the moment that changed the course of her 18-year battle with food.

Mindful workplace

How to make mindfulness work at work

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Andrew May Everybody's talking about the benefits of being mindful, so how to build it into your day?

Finding balance

How to have a healthier working day

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Paula Goodyer We have to get serious about breaking up the long bouts of uninterrupted sitting.

Silent treatment

The healing power of silence

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Lindy Alexander Finding time for peace and quiet brings many rewards, writes Lindy Alexander.