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The combination of a narcissist’s high but easily undermined self-worth might seem paradoxical. pixabay

Self-esteem among narcissists is ‘puffed up, but shaky’

Like a grotesque mask reflected in a pool, narcissism has two faces, neither of them attractive. Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-worth, seeing themselves as superior beings who are entitled…
Snoring occurs due to vibration of the soft tissues of your upper airway. timothykrause/flickr

Health Check: is snoring anything to worry about?

Snoring has been linked to serious health conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea and even cardiovascular disease.
Around half of young people are heavy social media users, with one in four teen users constantly connected. garryknight/flickr

How to be a healthy user of social media

How you use social media can provide warning signs of depression or anxiety.
Jumping to conclusions. Does GDP mislead us? Antoine Gady/Flickr

The science of happiness can trump GDP as a guide for policy

Our feelings of self-worth and contentment are no longer the preserve of writers and artists. Science has made measurement of our well-being a viable alternative to the banalities of economic output.
The most powerful strategy for achieving happiness is to give up trying to be happy. Mila Supinskaya/Shutterstock

Can we love happiness? Or do we then risk more sadness?

To pose the question of whether we can love happiness feels a bit like asking whether the Pope is a Catholic. Most of us believe we not only can love happiness, but that we should!
Sharing stories around the dinner table fosters greater self-esteem and resilience in young people. Howard Chalkley

‘Remember when we…?’ Why sharing memories is soul food

Families and friends share memories all the time; “You’ll never guess…”, “How was your day?”, and “Do you remember when…” are rich daily fodder. Sharing memories is not only a good way to debrief and reminisce…
Don’t confuse happy individuals with happy societies. Minerva Studio

Beyond GDP: happiness is about more than just individuals

Many readers of this piece will be aware that economists are rethinking the role of happiness and GDP. They question facile assumptions about economic growth alone being good for us. What’s the good of…
If you’re born underweight, like this little baby on the left, it can make a world of difference to your lifelong health. Menzies Health

Australia’s 7 Up: the revealing study tracking babies to adults

Tony Abbott is spending this week in North-East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…
Building stronger personal relationships and collective well-being are proven to promote greater happiness. Swamibu/Flickr

Government goals and policy get in the way of our happiness

Australian government policy and happiness research are pointing in very different directions. A prime goal of government policy is economic growth. Many Australians go along with this, assuming that more…
Racing back up. Lynne Cameron/PA

Explainer: how does the UK rank on child well-being?

The well-being of children in the UK has seen significant improvement over the past decade or so. This is supported by evidence from the latest comparative study on child well-being published by UNICEF…
How you feel at work directly affects how you feel about work during leisure time. Alan Cleaver

Clock off, switch off: tips to stress less outside work hours

Australians are busy at work. We report very high levels of intensive working compared to other industrialised countries. And while it’s difficult to fully disconnect from work as we head home for the…
The relationship between emotional well-being and social networking is far from being fully understood. Alessandro Valli

Does using Facebook really make people miserable?

A recent study about Facebook made headlines across the world with claims that using the social media site makes people sad. But there seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of what the research actually…

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