Quitting sugar won't make you happier


L.V. Anderson 11:58pm When a health memoir reads like a how-to manual for an eating disorder.

Rise and shine

The morning habits of successful people


Cassy Small It pays to be a morning person, as your first hour sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Life mindful

In pursuit of mindfulness

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

Fabienne Faur Twelve professionals have gathered in a conference room. But this is no ordinary meeting.

Health check

8 signs that you're healthy


Stephanie Ayre You're body will tell you if you're not as healthy as you should be.

How bad is plastic packaging for us?


Linda McSweeny The issue of plastics in our food divides health experts. But eliminating them is almost impossible.

Is organic best?

Does organic food really make you healthier?

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Researchers asked 600,000 women aged 50 or over whether they ate organic food and monitored their health for nine years.

Her new book

Arianna Huffington: It's time to redefine 'the good life'


Arianna Huffington When Arianna Huffington's busy life careered out of control, she collapsed from the stress. In her new book, she redefines success by adding well-being and wisdom to the life/work balance.

Heavy and healthy: New study says it's possible


JILL STARK A radical new theory about body weight is making many people rethink attitudes.

The three kinds of divorce that teach us about marriage


Alyssa Rosenberg What we can all learn from observing our own reactions to high-profile divorces.

Food for your mind

Can what you eat affect your mental health?


Gisela Telis Scientists have begun to investigate whether food can have as powerful an impact on the mind as it does on the body.

Eat yourself healthy

Can a diet really prevent breast cancer?


Paula Goodyer Headlines about certain vegetables reducing cancer risk are useful to a point but there's a problem.

The F-bomb

Swearing is actually good for you


CATHERINE RODIE Can't relax? Always feeling stressed? Perhaps it's time to break loose with a few profanities.

Are busy people happier, really?

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28:  Helena Bordon seen wearing a Miu Mis coat sweater from COS and Zara pants outside Issey Miyaki show on February 28, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

Brigid Schulte People compete over being busy; it's about showing status.


Women's health

Is a mammogram worth having?


Christie Aschwanden Knowing whether to have a mammogram - and when - became more confusing than ever last month when one of the largest-ever mammography studies cast doubts on the test's value.

Yoga myth

The myth of 'yoga as medicine'


Brian Palmer The evidence is shaky, and the methodology questionable, but we just can’t get enough.

Emotional resilience

The armour you need for modern life


Sarah Rainey Emotional resilience is finding favour with everyone from anxious adolescent to stressed executive.

Metabolism boost

How to reset your metabolism

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Susie Burrell Steps you can take to give your metabolic rate a serious boost.

World's oldest person

World's oldest person celebrates her 116th birthday

World Oldest Woman Turns 115...OSAKA, JAPAN - MARCH 05:  Misao Okawa, who is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest woman, reacts during her 115th birthday celebrations at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. Misao Okawa, was born in Tenma, Osaka, on March 5, 1898. A descendent of Kimono merchants, she married in 1919 and had three children, of which a daughter and a son are still alive, and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Julian Ryall Misao Okawa's secret? 'Eat and sleep and you will live a long time'

Body beautiful

You'll love yourself more as you grow older


Belinda Wallis An Australian study has found that women start to think more kindly about their appearance as they age.

Bad habits

Five bad habits you can blame on your brain

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Taylor Casti We all have a few bad habits. Fortunately for you (and the rest of the human race), it's only partially your fault.

Surviving cancer

The one thing that helps fight ovarian cancer


Margaret Rose AM Survivor Margaret Rose reflects on the key to fighting the 'silent killer'.

Liquid therapy

Water's many healing benefits

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Linda McSweeny The simple act of drinking water can help us lift our mood and think more clearly.

It's OK to be fat in public

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Rebecca Hiscott Reclaiming the word 'fat', one blog post at a time.

Healthy babies

You are what your grandmother ate, scientists say

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Sarah Knapton Study finds that grandmothers who ate well during pregnancy and kept their daughters well-nourished in their first few years had heavier, and therefore healthier, grandchildren.


How much do you know about dietitians?

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Rachel Clun We've highlighted a few common misconceptions about the dietitian trade.

Healthy habits

What you need to know about brain food


Paula Goodyer The secret to a healthy brain could be in a wisely chosen diet.

Schoolyard bullies

When schoolyard bullies don't grow up


Bill Smith* He witnessed years of cruelty as a teacher, only to become a victim himself.

Being alone

There is beauty in solitude

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SARAH BERRY In our desire to "connect" with others have we lost the valuable ability to connect with ourselves?


Body image

Ode to the Medium-Sized Woman


Isabel Foxen Duke For the medium-sized woman, for whom the words "Big Beautiful Woman" just don't feel right, but who also feel the repercussions of not being a size 2, 4 or 0.

IVF debate

Poll: older women shouldn't get IVF help


Jane Kirby Apparently 27 is the ideal age to birth...

Dream catching

Do women dream differently than men?


Katy Waldman A new study has uncovered a trove of captivating facts about nightmares.

Body image

Why thin women should care about fat activism

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Fashion blogger Valentina Siragosa wears a an Antonio Marras dress and a Roger Vivier bag on day 6 of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, Paris September 29, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/FilmMagic)

Isabel Foxen Duke "We as human citizens are all responsible for protecting the rights of our fellow people."

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The little things

Come at life like this bubbly toddler


Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures.

Period pain

Is extreme premenstrual syndrome a mental disorder?


Amy Molloy Some women experience symptoms so severe they cannot get on with their daily lives.

How I stopped hating my body


Taryn Brumfitt One woman's journey from body hatred to body-image activist.

Why it's OK to be selfish, sometimes

Tracey Spicer new dinkus shot for Traveller. photography by 
Damian Bennett.

TRACEY SPICER Tracey Spicer on why 'me time' is important.

Mother's guilt

Overcoming the baby blues


Paula Goodyer Childbirth can come with huge emotional challenges, but help is available.

The Militant Baker

'Fat' and 'easy' are not synonyms

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Jes Baker "I wish I was raised to celebrate, love, cherish and appreciate my body for all of the wonderful things that it does and is."

Night owls

Is working night shift bad for you?

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John von Radowitz According to a new study, night shifts play havoc with many of the body’s genes.

Tracey on beauty

Tracey Spicer's TED Talk calls out time-wasting personal grooming routines


EFFIE MANN "Imagine all the things we could achieve if we didn’t conform to society’s unreasonable expectations of how we should look."

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To do list

5 things to do for a healthier you

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NICOLE ELPHICK Make 2014 the year that you focus on taking tangible steps toward a happier and healthier you.

Advice for girls

8 messages to teach young women about happiness


Paula Davis-Laack If you could give some advice to young women and girls about how to build happiness, what would you say?

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Teddy lost + found

'Teddy bear lost and found' has got to be the cutest public service on the internet


Effie Mann A database has been created to reunite children (and adults) with their missing toys.

Are we finally seeing the dark side of The Biggest Loser?


Stacy Carter Ratings consistently show Australians love reality television. In 2013 our favourite thing on TV was to watch one another singing, dancing, cooking and renovating. Every year producers dish up more contrived scenarios, bitter conflicts, shameful embarrassments and heart-warming triumphs under familiar reality brands. We are entertained; they make money.

Mindful exercise

Exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body

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Paula Goodyer Australian philosopher and writer Damon Young argues that exercise isn't just a workout for heart, muscle and bone, but also a way to help the mind and the spirit thrive.

Will going nude boost body-shape confidence?


Louise Wedgwood While about 5 million Australians are pursuing their annual weight loss resolution, the naturist community boosts body confidence by accepting all shapes and sizes.

New year you

Do you need an inner body workout?

Woman practising yoga by the lake.

Michaela Fox Almost everyone starts a new year with plans to exercise more, but some of the most important exercise can happen within.

Sleep well

Do you practise good sleep hygiene?

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NICOLE ELPHICK Our tips to help you get some superior shut-eye.

Fighting food guilt

Stop worrying about falling off the 'diet wagon'


KASEY EDWARDS A six-step guide to fighting everyday food guilt.

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Real life

Coming out of the mental illness closet


Kelsey Wallour "I am owning my s**t and moving forward with what I want my life to look like."

Alphabet bodies

Inside the strange world of Korean body lines


Katy Walden South Korea has been swept up in “alphabetisation” of women's bodies and it's not as smart as it sounds.

Health taboos

Are we dieting less or lying about our diets more?

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Katy Waldman In this age of health, purity, and clean living, no one wants to admit to being on a diet.

Dream Weaver

Can an app help you reach nirvana?

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Katy Waldman This might just be the tech boost spiritual slackers are lacking.

Dear lovely scientists...

7-year old Aussie girl asks scientists to make her a dragon


Effie Mann "I would like it if you could but if you can't that's fine," she writes to CSIRO.

Sleep better

Can't sleep? Blame your screen time

Young Woman Lying In Bed Using Smartphone

Sleeping with your phone and watching TV before bed might be staving off sleep, new study finds.

Healthy vows

New Year's resolutions everyone should make

Beautiful woman

NICOLE ELPHICK Vows to start the year on a bright and positive note.

Going viral

Girl Instagrams her journey from anorexic to good health


Molly Mchugh One of the first pictures Erikkson ever posted is of a hospital bed. She was admitted 15 months ago, for anorexia — and she used Instagram to document the entire thing

Calm in a can

Can you find calm in a can?

Chamomile harvest

Paula Goodyer Herbal fizzy drinks that claim to help with relaxation and sleep are gaining fans.

How old are you really?

How old are you really?

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07:  Tavi Gevinson attends the Variety Studio At Holt Renfrew during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Variety)

Kate Marie and Professor Merlin Christopher Thomas Assessing your biological age.

Straight talking

Things no one will tell fat girls... so I will

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Jes Baker Jes Baker is a 26-year-old mental health professional who writes about self-acceptance via her blog The Militant Baker. Here, she shares her body-positive message, challenging the "fat girl" stereotype, in the hope of inspiring self-belief.