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Country diary: the cold is bitter, but the views are entrancing

The Chevin, Otley, West Yorkshire In the waning light the massed black-headed gulls move like a cloud of incenseThe light that drenches the far side of Wharfedale has the translucence of burning coal, burnishing fields with the illusion of deep warmth. But it presages...

Five lessons from a year of ultrarunning

Being an experienced runner, I was mistaken thinking that ultras would be more of the same. But making sure you prepare your head, body and your feet makes a world of differenceBefore this year, I was a reasonably proficient marathon runner (PB: 2hr 50min), but I had...

Can money buy you happiness?

Research shows that splashing the cash can boost feelings of pleasure – but it depends who you spend it onAccording to a growing body of evidence, it seems that it can. But what makes us really happy is not buying ourselves the latest iPhone, but splashing our cash on...

Is it possible to reverse Type 2 diabetes?

Most doctors only address the symptoms, but the disease can be beaten into remission. However, it requires losing a lot of weight – and keeping it offType 2 diabetes is a progressive condition that can lead to heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease and blindness....

Postnatal depression less likely after winter or spring births

Study finds risk of postpartum depression among new mothers also affected by other factors such as length of pregnancy Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to suffer postnatal depression than at other times of year, a study has shown.Other factors...

Does it matter which body lotion I use?

If you have sensitive skin, doctors recommend moisturisers without fragrance or allergic ingredients, but terms such as ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘dermatologist-recommended’ are often just marketing toolsWhat do you look for in a body moisturiser? Is it the smell, how...

Fit in my 40s: ‘Can a sober companion help me give up drink?’

I am considering another run at sobriety this month – but what about all the social events where it’s not humanly possible to avoid drinking?I have been considering – no promises – a sober rerun for December. For this, I need a sobriety coach, which is a real thing....

Why do analysts use the couch? | Nathan Kravis

Reclining in order to talk to a therapist is a powerful experience, says Nathan Kravis. But the reasons remain unclearIn 1991, the New York City subway was plastered with enormous couch posters, part of an ad campaign by the Archdiocese of New York. They bore the...

My girlfriend had a one-night stand and it has destroyed my life

I love her and saw her as my future wife, but I don’t know whether to give her a second chanceMy girlfriend of two years recently had a one-night stand. I think she did it in revenge because her friends told her I had had an affair. She now knows that wasn’t true and...

I lose my erection during penetrative sex

I love and fancy my girlfriend, but I can’t keep erect when having sex. I am 42 and otherwise a picture of good healthI am 42 years old and always seem to quickly lose my erection during sex. I love and fancy my girlfriend, but this problem has been with me pretty...

Why it’s good to #runandtalk

The latest England Athletics #runandtalk week encourages runners to get their mental health issues out in the openEngland Athletics #runandtalk campaign – supported by the charity Mind – has given an opportunity for their mental health ambassadors (MHAs) to offer...

Heart & Soul: Religion vs. spirituality

Heart & Soul: Religion vs. spirituality

Many of us in the LGBTQ community grew up being told we were going to a fiery hell. Even if you've never set foot in a church or synagogue, the old traditional belief for many people was that there was only a “straight” path to heaven — no pun intended.Related...

Ramadan: Spirituality or Shopping?

Ramadan: Spirituality or Shopping?

But as soon as the fifth or sixth day of Ramadan is passed, the interest, respect and the spirituality can appear to be fading. Most among us just start returning to the previous routine. In some Muslim households, the shadow of Ramadan is perceived ...Related...

Ask the Clergy: Head of household and spirituality

It is spiritual, but does not have to be gender-specific. There are two Scriptures that say the man is the head of the woman, but it means the husband is the head of the wife: 1 Corinthians 11:3 (NRSV): But I want you to understand that Christ is the ...Related...

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