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Volunteering boosts your health. Dragon Images/Shutterstock.com

Why doing good can do you good

Scientists have found that there are many physical and mental benefits to volunteering.
A park, in this case Hyde Park in Sydney, is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to engage with nature in the city. Lucy Taylor

Reducing stress at work is a walk in the park

Nature is dispersed through our cities, even if we don’t notice it. And there's abundant evidence that engaging with nature, even in urban settings, is good for us.
Prolonged periods of stress can aid in the spread of cancer. from shutterstock.com

Chronic stress effects help cancer spread, researchers find

Chronic stress accelerates cancer growth in mice, according to a new study, pointing to potential treatment targets to slow the progression of cancer to other organs.
Being made to feel you don’t belong in your chosen field is stressful. Woman image via www.shutterstock.com.

What fewer women in STEM means for their mental health

Being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math means women can be made to feel they don't belong, with long-term mental health consequences.
The activities we do during the day – from having a fight with a partner to using our iPhones at night – also affect our hormone levels and, in turn, our quality of sleep. Jan Faukner/Shutterstock

Chemical messengers: how hormones help us sleep

Sleep allows many of our hormones to replenish so we have the optimal energy, immunity, appetite and coping ability to face the day’s highs and lows.
Even in a dreary office, by understanding how your brain works you can change how it feels to be there. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: Stressed at work? How to beat common traps in the rat race

In many of the workplaces I visit as a neuroscientist, stressed workers behave much like addicted lab rats. But you don't have to quit the rat race to start feeling better at work.
Guppies who are under constant threat of predation do worse than those who live without predators. Reuters

What animals can teach us about stress

Humans can learn a thing or two from animals on how to deal with stress.

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