Going over a pleasant memory or even over a good experience you expect to have in the future can boost your sense of well-being and positivity. Photograph: iStock

Brooding, thinking repetitively about a situation real or imagined, is a common human activity, so it’s probably one of yours. Brooding has got a bad(...)

The man who goes around fathering children without a care for the future is, perhaps, a guarantor of the health of the human species as he varies our genetic material. Photograph: iStock

If you spend a lot of time in men’s toilets, you might wonder at the number of us who walk out without washing our hands. You might even wish a hand w(...)

We have a psychological need for power, fun, freedom and belonging. When we miss out on any of these for too long we begin to wilt.

For years he had looked forward to “getting out of this effing place for good”. While many people fear retirement, he was impatient for its arrival. H(...)

A parent who refused to contemplate failure on the part of a child  may condemn that child to a lifetime of not feeling good enough.

A man involved in promoting positive thinking told me once that, “you must never contemplate the possibility of failure”. I was impressed as it sounde(...)

If you find it hard to forgive you probably spend a lot of time ruminating about what happened. Photograph: iStock

You’ve probably met him – I certainly have. He’s bitter about something somebody did in the past and he’s never going to let it go. When he thinks abo(...)

UL research found that strength training brought about improvements in symptoms of depression, boosting mood, increasing interest in activities and reducing feelings of worthlessness. Photograph: iStock

It’s summer and that means our attitude to exercise can play out in one of two ways. The first is, “Oh, look, it’s summer – what a great opportunity t(...)

Recent cases concerning child pornography raise two aspects of this distressing crime. The first concerns the need to do more to resource gardaí to an(...)

Wine is now seen as almost indispensable to relaxation. Photograph: iStock

Once upon a time, when people finished work, they relaxed. But they did it in a peculiar way. They had dinner, or talked, or read the newspaper, or pl(...)

Taking a break, which could include a night’s sleep, allows each participant to calm down, to get their rational brains back in action.

Never go to bed angry. Right? Wrong. Wise as this piece of advice might seem for married couples and for people in long term relationships, it just is(...)

“There were 37 deaths by suspected suicide in Dublin South Central in 2017 and 50 per cent of those were women.” Photograph: iStock

In the heat of reporting the referendum campaign, Irish Times journalist Kitty Holland found time to write about a development I think we all need to (...)

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