Very optimistic older people live longer than their very pessimistic peers. Photograph: iStock

I have often mentioned that I am a pessimist by nature, but the only resolution I’m making this year is to spend more time on the sunny side of the st(...)

 Members of the wellbeing committee at  St Wolstan’s Community School in Celbridge, Co Kildare. They are   teachers Laura Gerraghty and Margaret Bennett, and pupils   Rosaleen Byrne (15), Codi Long (15), Swati Joshi (14) and Beth Corry (17). Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The wellbeing of Irish secondary school students decreases steadily from first year through to sixth, with girls suffering more of a decline than boys(...)

Dublin warm up in front their fans in Portlaoise. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We were in the television studio in Portlaoise early on Saturday so I got a perfect view of Dublin as they pulled into the ground. Everything about th(...)

There’s more to people than quick and easy judgments would suggest. That applies to those see angels, conservative Catholics, writers of haiku, ex-partners – and yourself.

Wandering around a cemetery the other week, I spotted the headstone of a man who had once startled me by asserting his belief in angels. Such a belief(...)

People who have been bullied at school tend to be more optimistic than their peers  when they face negative situations in the future.  Illustration: iStockphoto

School’s out and, for some, leaving school behind also means leaving bullying behind. They carry the scars – but it’s not all bad news. As you might e(...)

Courage is a virtue that is hard to teach. You know you have it only when you face adversity or challenge. Photograph: iStockphoto

In a new six-part series, John Sharry advises parents on how to promote emotional wellbeing and confidence in children and teenagers    T(...)

Dr Mark Rowe: ‘I encourage people to look at the silver lining rather than the dark cloud.’

A good evening at the theatre can leave you feeling energised, stimulated and deeply moved, but theatre-goers at the new show of an Irish GP are being(...)