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Active listening is a pivotal skill. Not everyone knows how to do it

Active listening is a pivotal skill. Not everyone knows how to do it

To understand others better – and, ultimately, yourself – it’s time to stop just hearing and start really listening.

  • by Evelyn Lewin

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Why losing motivation in your mid-50s isn't such a bad thing
Ageing

Why losing motivation in your mid-50s isn't such a bad thing

Do you have a burning ambition to climb Machu Picchu? Do you want to start a business or go to an all-night rave? If the answer to all three is no, read on.

  • by Kate Mulvey
Put away the chipper! Tree necklaces tidy and boost biodiversity
Gardening

Put away the chipper! Tree necklaces tidy and boost biodiversity

At Retford Park in Bowral, trimmings are woven into bands of colour that delight even as the litter breaks down into humus-rich soil.

  • by Robin Powell
A veteran landscaper on the key elements needed for a lush garden
Gardening

A veteran landscaper on the key elements needed for a lush garden

Once the doyen of formal landscape design, Paul Bangay says he’s mellowing with age and is letting flowers take over.

  • by Megan Backhouse
It turns out healthier eating could save your family $1800 a year
Diet

It turns out healthier eating could save your family $1800 a year

Think a healthier and more environmentally friendly diet is too expensive? A new study has debunked this line of thought.

  • by Sophie Aubrey
COVID weight gain memes aren't harmless. I had anorexia, I'd know
Opinion
Body image

COVID weight gain memes aren't harmless. I had anorexia, I'd know

An extra-terrestrial observing our culture through Instagram could be forgiven for thinking COVID was a disease that made you fat, rather than ravaged your lungs.

  • by Hannah Vanderheide
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The ultimate CrossFit workout you can do at home
Fitness

The ultimate CrossFit workout you can do at home

A CrossFit program can be done with little-to-no-equipment, plus every movement can be modified to suit different fitness levels.

  • by Alana Baird
How to make future plans while a pandemic rages on
Wellbeing

How to make future plans while a pandemic rages on

All eyes have been set firmly on the future for much of this year and it’s not always been a rosy picture. It's why experts say the best approach is a combination of realistic future goals and "living in the moment".

  • by Catherine Lambert
Telehealth has been a godsend, so why limit its use?
Opinion
Coronavirus pandemic

Telehealth has been a godsend, so why limit its use?

Telehealth has created unexpected benefits for people with disabilities, so why are these windfall successes not being supported?

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Want to plan a holiday? Consider 'slow travel'
Sunday Life

Want to plan a holiday? Consider 'slow travel'

Slow travel may mean less distance and fewer sights ticked off, but you’re rewarded with a deeper experience.

  • by Tatyana Leonov
You have given up shampoo. What's next? Soap
Opinion
Health

You have given up shampoo. What's next? Soap

Richard Glover has been extolling the virtues of a shampoo-free life for 15 years. But is he willing to join the growing anti-soap movement?

  • by Richard Glover