There is some UK research  suggesting that spending time in nature is good for your mental health and can give you a welcome emotional boost. Photograph: iStock

Longer days bring cheer but not to everybody. For some, the brighter days lead to an increase in depression and this seems to be especially so in the (...)

Avoiding social media during study periods will help you stay focused. Photograph: iStock

Summer exams are like elephants. In the autumn, they are dots on a distant horizon. By spring, those dots are starting to look like actual elephants, (...)

Protesters hold up a placard remembering Allison Marimón-Herrera and her mother Giselle who were found dead in a flat in Newry, during the International Women’s Day rally at Belfast city hall. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

The shameful phenomenon of male violence towards women is never far from the headlines, usually in relation to the latest tragic case. The year is st(...)

Common outcomes to an affair include the end of the marriage or an attempt to rebuild the relationship. Photograph: iStock

We don’t know what percentage of married Irish people have been unfaithful. A 2012 survey of 1,000 people by Millward Brown Lansdowne suggests a figu(...)

Tony Walsh could only have got away with abusing children for so long because of a deferential attitude in society. File photograph: Collins Courts

Eighty years ago the psychologist Henry Murray included deference in his list of instinctive human needs. That drive to find someone to look up to see(...)

“Depressed fathers tend to play and engage less with their children and talk more negatively about and to them,” according to the UK’s National Childbirth Trust.

When a father shows little interest in a new baby, others are likely to be critical. However, it is increasingly recognised that men as well as women (...)

“If money represents freedom to you, then just having a fund that represents the possibility of freedom can feel reassuring even if you’re never going to use it.”

An acquaintance once remarked that whenever he transferred money to his wife’s bank account he described it as ‘running-away money’. He had begun doin(...)

It’s often their imperfections and departures from the norm that make people  memorable.

A child comes home with an assignment for which the teacher has given a mark of 90 per cent and shows it proudly to the parents. They respond by askin(...)

Alone in a crowd: Isolation is a problem that can be addressed by people being more present for other people.

Wandering around Eason the other day I noticed a group of young men listening with full attention to another young man who was explaining things to th(...)

A trouble shared is shared through words and the naming of one’s feelings in words is calming.

Men of few words are, in my experience, more common than women of few words. When the man of few words speaks at all it is with a certain tetchiness a(...)

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