Wellbeing

Why crying can make us feel better

Criers are helped more if they are comforted by others.

Mary Carpenter 1:38pm More than for any other reason, I cry - even sob - at tales or images of rescuers; sometimes I have only to see a fire truck, and don't get me going on working firemen.

Benjamin Law: Time management is a total time waster

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BENJAMIN LAW Personally, I know I've crossed the boundaries of normal work-like balance when I start daydreaming about being hospitalised.

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Why I don't want a cure for my Ichthyosis

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Carly Findlay While it would be nice for the pain to be taken away, here's why I don't want an appearance cure.

Morning habits

How to avoid waking up feeling groggy

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Elizabeth Hamilton When Susie Phillips wakes at 5:30 a.m.- before the sun rises, before cars zoom down the street bearing the bleary-eyed to work, before children stomp down the sidewalk on their way to school- it isn't drudgery.

Real life

Why I had labiaplasty at 16

The decision was not driven by vanity or sexual desirability. I had never had sex or even been kissed.

Mental health

Anxiety ignorance makes mental health experts nervous

MIKI PERKINS An alarming number of people think anxiety is a personality trait rather than a treatable mental health illness that is more common in Australia than depression.

Lighten up

How to make exercising fun

Jump for joy: finding an enjoyable way to exercise means you're much more likely to stick with it.

Collette Beck The mere thought of exercise is boring for many people – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Film as therapy

Can watching movies work as therapy?

Emily Watson and Adam Sandler in the 2002 movie Punch-Drunk Love.

Elisabeth LaMotte Therapist Elisabeth LaMotte thinks so.

Video of transgender boy asking to be accepted will bring you to tears

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Katie Kenny Nine-year-old Milla Brown gains worldwide support after his mum posts inspiring video.

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Personal sanctuary

How your home can help you recover from work stress

Peace: Stress and pollution make it more important than ever that we find respite from the modern world in our homes.

Linda Moon These tips will help transform your home into a haven that rejuvenates you after a stressful day.

Women's health

Drink to your health? Only if you're an older woman, study finds

Studies reporting the health benefits of alcohol are skewed, says new research

Melissa Healy Studies reporting the health benefits of alcohol are skewed, says new research.

Positive strategies

How to silence negative thoughts

When negative thoughts creep up on you, remember you're in charge.

AILEEN NAKHLE When negative thoughts creep up on you, remember you're in charge.

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Sharing stories

Why I talk about my abortion

Jacqui Morton Even though it makes other people feel uncomfortable.

Breathe easy

Do you suffer from screen apnoea?

Interrupted: we tend to inhale and hold our breath during periods of intense concentration.

Thea O'Connor It can be a pain in the back – and more.

Wellness debate

'Wellness doesn't make you a better person'

In their new book The Wellness Syndrome, Cederstrom and Spicer argue this obsession with individual wellness does not lead to a well society.

RACHEL CLUN If you think looking after yourself is the most positive thing you can do, authors Carl Cederstrom and Andre Spicer beg to differ.

Happy cry

This man hearing his late wife's decade-old voicemail is your happy cry for today

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EFFIE MANN “It’s just a wonderful, wonderful sound that I thought was lost forever.”

Personal growth

Why it's important to forgive your bullies

MEAN GIRLS: As with Lindsay Lohan's character in the cult Tina Fey hit,

The world isn't neatly divided; all victims conceal sins, and all villains carry sorrows and scars.

Mini resolutions

5 small changes to make in the new year that could change your life

Research suggests that even the simple act of planning a holiday can boost overall happiness exponentially.

Mini resolutions are far easier to stick to than ones that require hypnotherapy.

Bald move

This is the best way of dealing with hair loss

DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight has come up with an effective regime to deal with hair loss. And he's in a position to absolutely guarantee it.

I went to a 'sex yoga' school and this is what I learnt

CLEM BASTOW When it comes to sex ed, it’s never too late to go back to school.

Just say no

Why it's so important to learn how to say 'no'

Burning out is a risk, but it's one that can be managed with careful consideration.

Megan Blanford Burning out is a risk, but it's one that can be managed with careful consideration.

Ladies in swimsuits

Samantha Armytage in Women's Weekly: Why do we keep asking professional women to pose in swimwear?

Samantha Armytage appears in her first swimsuit shoot.

NATALIE REILLY Think for a moment of a world in which Today presenter and newly minted feminist icon Karl Stefanovic stepped out of his suit and into a pair of boardies to prove that he is not bothered by the haters.

Still birth

We all need to to know about stillbirths

Lynch Schuster "Despite modern obstetric technology and screening for infections, we still lose babies in the womb... We really need more science and research to understand what leads to stillbirth."

Misandry + porridge

109-year-old woman shares the secret to her long life - no men

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Want to Live to 109? Try misandry and porridge, says Jessie Gallan.

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ED research

The psychological connection between eating and shame

Sarah Rainey A new survey has found that a startling number of women are hiding food, or eating in secret.

Canine commuter

Chill dog rides bus solo, ain't got no time for people

Eclipse is a fan of public transport.

EFFIE MANN Undoubtedly, there's just one thing holding you back if you're a dog: humans.

Surprise babies

How can you go into labour without knowing you're pregnant?

Lenny Bernstein ‘‘Denied’’ or ‘‘cryptic’’ pregnancies occur often enough that they spawned their own television series, yet, for most of us, the idea that a woman could carry a child to a full-term delivery without knowing she is pregnant is mind-boggling.

Post holiday healing

Can mindfulness fix your back to work blues?

Emma Barnet Like millions of others I had no perceived need for mindfulness or anything else like it, until, you guessed it, I returned to work.

Cauliflower's back

Will cauliflower be 2015's white knight?

Cauliflower is the new black.

Gabriella Boston Kale, quinoa and kombucha ruled the trendy healthful-food scene in 2014. But what will take center stage in 2015? Will mighty kale take a back seat? Will farro take over from quinoa? And what is macha?

Super breakfast

The breakfast ingredient that will give you a longer life

New research shows a small bowl of porridge every day could be the secret to a longer life.

Sarah Knapton New research shows a small bowl of porridge every day could be the secret to a longer life.

Five things the diet industry doesn't want you to know in 2015

KASEY EDWARDS Starting with: a goal of weight loss is setting yourself up for another year of failure.

I want the pill no doctor will prescribe

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AMY CORDEROY There is a pill to cure all ills, and I so wish my doctor would prescribe it to me.

'Santa' returns Tasmanian man's lost wallet (with the cash still inside)

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Angharad Owens-Strauss Christmas came early for Damien Walker when he checked his mail box on Tuesday to find his wallet, which he'd lost four days prior, had been express posted to him by 'Santa'. With all his cash still inside.

Pet therapy

Good news: pets may improve your wellbeing

Humans have a long history of keeping creature companions, and if you ask most animal lovers if their beloved pet makes their life better, they'll say yes.

Even brief exposure to animals may be good for you, new research suggests.

Before you go-go

The party's over: don't spoil a good night by overstaying.

Georgie Pearson The right time to leave the party is when you're still having fun.

Party advice

How do you know when to leave the party?

A reminder that saying no (or leaving the party) is not easy but is important for our well-being.

Georgie Pearson A reminder that saying no (or leaving the party) is not easy but is important for our well-being.

Expectant mothers in UK told it's safer to give birth at home

Home births are safer in some cases, British health authorities say.

AMY CORDEROY Hundreds of thousands of British mums will be given the choice of having their second child at home - a move welcomed by Australian midwives but not doctors.

Energy vampires

Do you know an 'energy vampire'?

Emily Morgan They suck you dry and leave you exhausted. Here's how to cope.

Positive influence

How mindfulness can reduce negative associations

A new study suggests that mindfulness and meditation reduce our reflex negative associations, even when it comes to bias against race and age.

Katy Young A new study suggests that mindfulness and meditation reduce our reflex negative associations, even when it comes to bias against race and age.

Two women give birth with wombs donated by their mothers

The women became the first ever to give birth to children using the very womb that brought them into the world a generation earlier.

Keith Perry The women became the first ever to give birth to children using the very womb that brought them into the world a generation earlier.

Woman nurses newborn twin foals back to health

 Twin foals Bert and Ernie pictured at one week old.

Jess McAllen Auckland woman tentatively celebrating after her newborn twins Bert and Ernie beat the odds to survive "nightmare" birth.

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Healthy babies

Did you know that sperm quality reduces with age?

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Charlie Mitchell Let's not forget that men are responsible for making healthy babies too.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

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KASEY EDWARDS The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women postponing or cancelling medical appointments.

Mood boosters

7 ways to combat depression and anxiety for free

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Linda Moon Can't afford therapy? Here are some ways to combat depression that don't cost a cent.

ED truths

The truth about eating disorders

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Jodie Irvine "A person with an eating disorder may act as though they don't want to get better but that is a hallmark of the illness, not of an individual's desire to be attractive."

Love & loss

You don't have to 'get over' the death of someone you love

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Zoë Krupka The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

Consumer feminism

The drug companies that are using feminism against you

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Miri Forbes A US drug company is using the language of feminism to rally public support for the FDA to approve their new sexual dysfunction drug, flibanserin. But this isn't about gender equality, it's about profit.

The one thing fueling our social media addiction

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Caitlin Dewey What if no one could see the number of likes on your Facebook and Instagram posts?

Happy tears

This is why we cry when we are happy

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LIVIA GAMBLE Yale psychologist Oriana Aragon's new study has shed some light on why we cry when we are happy.

Forever young

Want to live to 120? Here's how

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Sarah Knapton A new British study suggests that slowing the ageing process is more achievable than people realise.

Out of office

Why you should stop checking your email after hours

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SARAH BERRY This is the flip side of instant gratification on the internet.

New study: Women feel stress more than men

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A new study shows women are feeling stress more than men, while both sexes say the pressure is affecting their mental health.

Passion project

Why hobbies are so important

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Jane Mathews Every woman needs a passion project, writes Jane Mathews.

Baby animals

This baby otter learning how to swim is the cutest thing you’ll see today

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Sam Laird and Patrick Kulp “Our animal care team is teaching the pup how to be an otter."

Real talk

Let's have an honest conversation about women and chin hair

Dr Gina Barreca author of It's Not That I'm Bitter.

Dr Gina Barreca For years I hid my tweezers the way alcoholics conceal bottles.

Sexual dysfunction

'Don't want to have sex? Take an antidepressant'

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Petula Dvorak When doctors don't take female sexual dysfunction seriously.

Untimely change

What it's like to go through menopause as a young woman

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MICHAELA FOX Early menopause can be devastating, writes Michaela Fox.

Going viral

Breastfeeding photo goes viral after Facebook removal

Emma Bond has received hundreds of messages of support from around the world.

Facebook deleted this photograph of a mother breastfeeding her baby, but instead of disappearing quietly, it's gone viral.