When I was in secondary school I got a summer job testing wheat in Leinster Mills, near Naas. Farmers brought their wheat from the fields, I stuck (...)

Sometimes John has a couple of drinks in the evening. Sometimes he has nothing alcoholic at all. Once a week, though, he drinks a full bottle of wine.(...)

When I’m feeling down and some grinning idiot smirks “Cheer up, it’ll never happen,” I feel tempted to smack the smirk off his face. If I ever succumb(...)

Watching Big Brother and the formation of short-term – some very, very short-term – sexual relationships, I wondered how many would last longer tha(...)

I learned about the value of the pause when I was a guest of a gracious and wealthy poet in her house in London. Her house was big enough to have its (...)

A typical cycle of abuse is a rise in tension, followed by an explosion, followed by what’s called the “hearts and flowers” stage

What is going on with men who emotionally abuse women? I wondered this for the thousandth time when reading the latest Women’s Aid report on domest(...)

‘Many people have panic attacks. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

These eight worries are representative of issues brought to me by people participating in my mindfulness workshops and courses over the years. In o(...)

The bottom line is that, as they age, men and women should not take their social relationships for granted.

Today’s older people are, it seems to me, pretty good at paying attention to their general physical health and fitness. But it’s worth knowing that pa(...)

I was taken aback recently to read that 41 per cent of workers in the US don’t use up all of their holiday time. This is on top of the fact that 23 pe(...)

I once knew a man of whom the most frequently used description was “ignorant”. If you got a grunt out of him, you would be doing well. He was one of t(...)