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Why We Fall in Love with Pets

Why We Fall in Love with Pets

I have recently launched a Cat Campaign in my household. It is my firm belief that owning a cat will make both me and my single mother exponentially happier. Pet therapy has widely been used to treat a variety of issues ranging from depression, Asperger’s, ADHD and Empty Nest Syndrome. When her children left home for university, a family friend of mine reluctantly bought a dog to keep her company. Charlie the King Charles Cavalier proved to be this woman’s saviour. During a period of intense loneliness and isolation, she was able to channel her need to...
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What’s Turning Men Onto Yoga?

What’s Turning Men Onto Yoga?

In ten years of practicing yoga, I have never been alongside more than the odd man, usually glimpsed once and never seen again. Yet a quick head count at my class the other month confirmed my suspicions of a growing phenomenon: the women were outnumbered. What brings men these days to a yoga class? The newest recruits have a quick answer: Ryan Giggs. For Euan, 42, the footballer was the deciding factor. “I didn’t really know what I was getting into,” he says, having been persuaded to try yoga to relieve the aches and stiffness that often followed sports sessions....
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So, This is What it Feels Like to Launch a Website ….

So, This is What it Feels Like to Launch a Website ….

I’m writing near the end of a fairly frantic day in the office with my assistant Claudine (pictured). I’ve been working on the launch of welldoing.org for many months, and yet just before going live, it suddenly seems like there are a million things I want to add, change, write, delete, describe. And, because it’s a website, I can. Tomorrow’s another day, with a fresh screen, more ideas, users’ suggestions, the day’s news. Having worked for a long time on magazines and newspapers, I’m used to the definitive finished product. People paid to see what the editorial team...
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Build a Better Relationship with Food

Build a Better Relationship with Food

Food is so much more than nourishment. While it keeps us alive, it is also a crucial part of our social structure. There’s nothing nicer than sharing a meal with friends and family. Partaking of food  divides our day into useful compartments - breakfast , lunch , dinner, and the in-betweens. It  is an important component of how we celebrate, for instance  birthdays, weddings, christenings, religious events and more. However there are times for all of us when food can be used in other ways. Eating can be a coping mechanism or a strategy for managing our feelings.  We...
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Workaholics Infect Domestic Life

Workaholics Infect Domestic Life

In Sheryl Sandberg's best-selling book, Lean In, she argues that a major reason why women don’t assert themselves at work is that they think it will make other people see them as selfish, cold and unpleasant workaholics. For men, success is correlated with niceness but successful women are often perceived as bossy and dislikable. Sandberg cites Deborah Greenfield, Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at Stanford, who explains that this is the result of a widespread assumption that women not only are nurturing, but that they should be – which...
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