Wellbeing

Internal morality

Can science be used to make people more moral?

With the aid of science, we'll be able to reach technologically enabled happiness and virtue.

James J. Hughes   Emerging neuroscience suggests we'll soon be able to fix those with broken moral compasses and tune up our own internal morality.

Living with MS

You probably know somebody with MS who is keeping it secret

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Danielle Spinks   Stigma and discrimination is the key reason people like me keep it quiet, writes Danielle Spinks this World MS Day.

Boozy moods

Scientists have figured out exactly how much fun it is to get drunk

If you don't remember a thing — did it really happen?

Christopher Ingraham   Are the happiness boosting effects of alcohol fleeting or long-lasting?

Hypothyroidism

How to know if your sluggishness is really a thyroid issue

"I discovered that my patchwork of complaints were more than random."

Suzanne Allard Levingston   How Suzanne Allard Levingston got on top of the thyroid condition she had no idea she had.

Head health

I had a migraine for 10 months so you wouldn't have to

Oliver Mol found out the hard way why doctors are calling young people like him "the guinea pig generation".

Oliver Mol   Oliver Mol found out the hard way why doctors are calling young people like him "the guinea pig generation".

Autism

Autistic teen's incredibly profound letter

Gordy Baylinson, 16, wrote this letter to a police officer to give advice on how to treat people with autism.
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Colby Itkowitz   For the first 14 and a half years of Gordy’s life, Evan and Dara Baylinson had no reason to think their son could comprehend anything they said.

Panic stations

Clementine Ford: How I deal with this particular demon

Anxiety can be terrifying, but you don't have to fight it all by yourself.

Clementine Ford   Clem Ford knows from experience how terrifying anxiety can be. But you don't have to fight it all by yourself.

Morning routine

5 ways to make your mornings feel less hectic

How to put some chill in your mornings.

The Greatist Team   There are a few simple things you can add to your morning routine to make the am feel less OMG how is it this late already?!

On the couch

Therapy helped me sort out my scrambled life

Lucy Cavendish has turned her life around through therapy and is training to be a therapist herself.

Lucy Cavendish   ​Her first experience with therapy was a failure. But a decade later Lucy Cavendish again sought counselling. This time it changed her life.

Rainbow families

Why we need dedicated fertility services for queer parents

Fertility services need to be more inclusive of LGBTI people.

Adnan Catakovic   Fertility expert Adnan Catakovic explains why services tailored to LGBTI parents are so important.

Mental health

What is the most effective way to treat depression?

Australian mental health experts say combining treatments is best.

Australian mental health experts say combining treatments is best.

Analyse this

How to avoid the detrimental effects of overthinking

We tend to only overthink bad stuff, either dwelling on things that didn't go well or worrying about worst-case scenarios.

Evelyn Lewin   While I do my fair share of worrying, the unhelpful habit I engage in more is overthinking," Evelyn Lewin writes.

Invisible illness

5 things people with chronic fatigue need doctors to understand

Crying is also thought to be good for the physical body.

Naomi Chainey   On this awareness day, Naomi Chainey has a message for the Australian medical establishment.

Salamanders

This species has no men - and they're better off because of it

WHO: Linda Carter
YEAR: 1975
Okay, technically this strapless leotard thing isn’t a dress, but it’s iconic nonetheless. ...

Sarah Kaplan   Women-only utopias exist mostly in fiction... and in the animal kingdom.

Pet therapy

Why pets make you happier

LAKEWOOD, CO - SEPTEMBER 01:  A nurse hugs Pisco, a 13-year-old therapy llama, during his visit to the Hospice of Saint ...

Linda Blair   Pet therapy might sound like a bunch of quack, but are there real health benefits?

Emotional continuum

The guilt of being happy and the shame of feeling sad

At what point can we truly be honest with our emotions with our closest friends and family?

Camha Pham   Camha Pham worked hard to find happiness, so why does she feel compelled to play it down?

Big decisions

Using fear to guide you in decision making

"The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it."

Susie Moore   Here are five very good reasons you should follow your dreams even when (and especially when) others don't approve.

Sing it loud

The restorative power of group singing

Choirs provide structured community support and friendship.

Sarah Wormwell   Group singing is an ideal way to relieve anxiety and lower stress. So go on, raise the roof.

Women get healthier after their husbands die

A new Senate report titled 'A husband is not a retirement plan' has called for tax reform, changes to the superannuaiton ...

Sarah Knapton   Marriage has long been thought to be beneficial - both in sickness and in health. But a study suggests that widows actually suffer less stress and frailty than wives whose husbands are still alive.

Life & love

11 things you don't actually need to have figured out by age 30

Once you accept that being grown up isn't exactly what you thought it would be, it can be pretty freeing.

Locke Hughes   Once you accept that being grown up isn't exactly what you thought it would be, it can be pretty freeing.

Rewiring the mind

How you and your body can change your brain

The way you move can change your brain, according to the latest in neuroplasticity. Here's how.

Sarah Berry   The way you move, rest and think can change your brain, according to the latest in neuroplasticity. Here's how.

Genetics

How DNA might influence your sex life

DNA could partly explain the age people start having sex.

Karen Kaplan   Your DNA doesn't determine when you lose your virginity, but it may play a larger role in the matter than scientists had thought.

Anxiety stigma

One in five Australians believes people with anxiety 'put it on'

Koraly Dimitriadis: "I am warm, shy and timid. Yet if someone pushes my vulnerability button, I can explode."

Eryk Bagshaw   Research shows more than 10 per cent of Australians aged between 30 and 34 believe people with anxiety are untrustworthy.

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Adult ADHD

Adult ADHD: The diagnosis that changed my life

Paying attention: Lisa Walton was able to stop blaming herself for the lack of results in her life.

Lisa Walton   Labelled disruptive from childhood and unable to hold down a job, when Lisa Walton was told she had ADHD, her life finally started to make sense.

Saying sorry

The six key elements to an effective apology

Researchers say there are six key elements to make one's apology more sincere.

Raziye Akkoc   Here's what the researches say makes an apology more sincere and easier to accept.

30-day challenge

Is 30 days enough to create a habit?

Are there any lasting benefits to taking month-long challenges?

Allie Shah   Are there any lasting benefits to taking month-long challenges?

IBS

The real reason I’m embarrassed about my IBS

"I'm not embarrassed that I'm talking about poo - I'm embarrassed that you're rude enough to make me," writes Patrick ...

Patrick Lenton   "I'm not embarrassed that I'm talking about poo - I'm embarrassed that you're rude enough to make me," writes Patrick Lenton.

Dream time

"I was sleepwalking through my life": Arianna Huffington.

Arianna Huffington   Arianna Huffington recounts her road to becoming a sleep evangelist.

Cry it out

Should we all deliberately cry more?

Crying is also thought to be good for the physical body.

Cathy Jubb   There are plenty of reasons to grab a box of tissues, shut the door and have a good bawl.

Trans health

Navigating the health system as a transgender person

"It was a feeling that, as a young transgender woman, I never thought I'd experience again."

Andrea K. McDaniels   For many transgender people, finding the right health care services can be stressful, frustrating and complicated.

Great expectations

Manage your expectations to reduce unhappiness

We think others should understand us: Expectations can lead to disappointment.

Sarah Berry   Expectations shape our experience of the world, so how do they affect our happiness.

Office air con

The reason your office is so damn freezing

Yep, you better believe it, the patriarchy controls your office air conditioning too.

Sheree Joseph   Yep, you better believe it, the patriarchy controls your office air conditioning too.

Pay gap

Why young women leave their jobs

There is a pretty simple way to retain female talent.

Danielle Paquette   Writer Ann Friedman has some advice for employers who'd like to attract and retain top female talent:

Life support team

When you call in the professionals, the pay-offs can be life-changing.

Megan Blandford   Asking for help can be hard, but it's worth it. Megan Blandford talks with three women who used coaching to make their lives better.

I told the truth in my sister's obituary, so that others might choose to live

Eleni Pinnow, right, with her sister at a family wedding.

Eleni Pinnow   The most alone I have ever felt was standing on my front porch on a chilly February evening. My sister had taped a note to the front door that said "Eleni, if you're the first one here don't go in the basement. Just call 911. I don't want you to see me like this. I love you! Love, Aletha."

Can meditation help cure chronic back pain?

A new study explored how stress reduction can help relieve physical discomfort.

Ariana Eunjung Cha   A new study explored how stress reduction can help relieve physical discomfort.

Clem Bastow

Why I need to sleep naked, alone, and for as long as possible

"I value sleeping alone above almost all else; the 'old-fashioned' set up of two twin beds in the marital bedroom (to ...

Clem Bastow   "I value sleeping alone above almost all else; the 'old-fashioned' set up of two twin beds in the marital bedroom (to say nothing of the exquisite heaven of two bedrooms) is my dream," writes Clem Bastow.

Tech world

How smartphones are killing our imaginations

One study found the average person looks at their smartphone 221 times per day – once every 4.3 minutes.

Kim Arlington   One survey found working from smartphones and tablets adds two hours to the average working day.

Psychology

Why smart people are better off with fewer friends

When smart people spend more time with their friends, it makes them less happy.

Christopher Ingraham   Hell might actually be other people – at least if you're really smart.

Insomnia

7 ways to get through the day on little to no sleep

You can optimise productivity and happiness when suffering from exhaustion.

Laura Lea Goldberg   How to optimise productivity and happiness when suffering from exhaustion.

Body clocks

Why some people become sleepy and sad in winter

People's sleep schedules depend on internal clocks called "circadian rhythms".

Natalie Jacewicz   Researchers have found a genetic explanation for why some chipper early birds turn glum in the wintertime.

Heart health

I had a heart attack and the doctors don't know why

'He saved my life,' said Sue Palmer of her husband Tim.

Sue Palmer   When you just don't feel right, don't ignore it like I almost did, Sue Palmer writes.

Self doubt

How too much confidence leads to bad decisions

Why it's good to have a healthy amount of self doubt.

Sarah Berry   Why it's good to have a healthy amount of self doubt.

Sexual health

Why did Facebook censor this sexual health video we made?

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Maeve Marsden   * Especially when aggressively misogynistic, racist and homophobic posts and pages have been allowed to remain.

Sexual health

Why we need to destigmatise STIs

In an episode of Inside Amy Schumer, Amy tries to make a deal with God to protect her from getting herpes.

Paula Goodyer   "If we can start to laugh a bit about STIs, it might make it easier to get serious about prevention and testing."

Menstrual cups

The pros and cons of reusable sanitary products

An ad for period undies brand Thinx.

Amy Eisinger   Maybe you've stayed faithful to your trusty tampons or pads ever since Aunt Flow's first visit. Still, it'd be hard not to notice the hype around reusable feminine hygiene products - menstrual cups, period underwear, reusable tampons - that's all over the Internet.

Friendship focus

Why it's OK to say no to friends and focus on yourself instead

Sometimes you just need to lie in bed with a furry friend instead of the ones who want to talk and go out in public.

Rebecca Shaw   Maintaining friendships can be hard work, but what's the fun in that? Rebecca Shaw thinks we all need to give each other a break.

Depression

How to tell if you're depressed or just low

Domestic violence is no longer a private crime; and it's being reported on like never before.

Linda Blair   Here are three questions that will help you understand whether you may be suffering from clinical depression.

Rest up

Why sleep should be a key factor in your fitness regime

"Sleep is the only time the body is fully recovering and rebuilding," says personal trainer Mansur Mendizabal.

Gabriella Boston   It's sleep - specifically deep sleep - that is the difference when it comes to such things as muscle recovery, mental acuity and reaction time.

Breaking bad

The best way to break a problem habit

When an action makes us feel good, our brain forms a shorthand connection.

Rachel Nussbaum   Even the most virtuous person has a bad habit (or two) they'd like to break.

Sleep well

How to get a good night's sleep tonight

Had a few ruff nights? Develop a good evening routine and your body will thank you in the morning.

Had a few ruff nights? Develop a good evening routine and your body will thank you in the morning.

Listen in

Four mental health podcasts to wrap your mind around

These podcasts are an accessible and super entertaining way to get educated on the mysteries of the mind.

Jenna Sten   Psychology, psychiatry, mental illness, symptom, trauma, disorder – these are murky and scary words for many people. These podcasts are an accessible and super entertaining way to get educated on the mysteries of the mind.

Getting help

How do you choose the right therapist?

When you work with a therapist, remember that this is a collaboration between two experts.

Linda Blair   It's not easy to admit you're suffering from a psychological problem, and it's a brave decision to seek therapy. It's vital, therefore, that you can feel confident about the person with whom you'll be working.

Triage your life

"The urgency of some tasks on your list will be obvious; others less so."

Evelyn Lewin   Approach your to-do list like an emergency ward nurse and see the results.

Bio home

The surprising health consequences of living in a pristine urban home

The study found urban homes had richer communities of microbes such as bacteria usually found inside human mouths.

Chelsea Harvey   The way we design and build our houses may be impacting a tiny, but important, aspect of our lives: the microscopic organisms that share those homes with us.

Phone detox

How to give yourself an effective smartphone detox

Turns out turning off your mobile phone isn't necessarily the healthier option.

Emily Sohn   Given the pleasure they bring and the anxiety they can alleviate, reducing dependence on our phones can seem impossible.

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When venting goes from helpful to harmful

Apparently there is no scientific evidence that venting helps us calm down.

Katherine Schreiber   Apparently there is no scientific evidence that venting helps us calm down.

Real life

I'm a therapist, and I was in a darker place than my patients

"Psychologists are so keen to help other people, there's a danger that they can forget to look after themselves properly."

As told to Laura Powell   "I am sitting opposite my sixth patient of the day. She is describing a terrible incident in her childhood. I am nodding, hoping I appear normal. Inside, I feel anything but."

Take a hike

The science behind taking a walk

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Linda Blair   Recent findings have shown that the benefits of walking depend on how and where it happens.

Dad bod

Why men need to shape up for pregnancy too

There's growing evidence that children's weight and health can be influenced before they're even conceived – and their ...

What does a would-be father's waistline and smoking habits have to do with the health of his future children? More than you might think.