Keys to Happiness

So many pages and ponderings have been devoted to pinpointing the source and supply of happiness. According to the UN’s World Happiness Report 2018, human connections, a sense of purpose and belonging are the fundamentals. The report, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, was released 14 March at a launch event at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican. So, what is the secret to developing and maintaining a happy

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How ’bout Henna?

An eyebrow virgin succumbs to the dark side. Henna that is. Super. Natural. Defined by her reputation for flawless results, Amy Jean has become an internationally recognised brow and lash artist. Dubbed the ‘Brow Queen’ and ‘Arch Angel’, Amy Jean has attained cult following among celebrities, including Naomi Campbell, Delta Goodrem, Dannii Minogue and Chloe Morello. Pioneering various techniques over the past decade, Amy Jean scours the world for new options for clients. On a recent trip

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Ready to Rally

Preparations are well underway for this year’s fleet of 36 cruising yachts ahead of the 2018 ‘Go East’ leg of the Down Under Rally, scheduled to depart Southport Yacht Club 14 May for the voyage from Australia to New Caledonia. Founders of the Rally, “nautical nomads” for the past nine years, John and Leanne Hembrow, say they anticipate more boats will sign up during April as people organize themselves around work and family commitments. “There are 36 yachts registered with over 120 people

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Have a heart

Many of us live by the exercise motto: “Go hard or go home!” bragging about sweating it out in the gym, screaming muscles as we pound the pavement, the sand or the bench presses in the quest for a toned and healthy body. But Cardiologist Dr Ross Walker has warned that too much exercise is not healthy, especially after the age of 40, and it all comes back to stressing out the body. As a heart specialist, Dr Walker is a proponent of preventative cardiology — informing patients how to best reduce

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Diversion for reef preservation

Visitors to the West Indies can explore a fascinating dive site that should be on everybody’s Bucket List – the wondrous and whimsical underwater sculpture garden and gallery that reflects the region’s culture and is a thriving habitat for marine life. Sculptor and scuba diving instructor, Jason deCaires Taylor marshalled the government, local dive centre and marine biologists to bring his concept of an underwater sculpture garden to life in the waters of Molinere Bay, in the Caribbean Sea off

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Reth-ink

“You don’t put a bumper sticker on a Bentley” – the immortal words of reality doyenne, Kim Kardashian to her younger sisters in their quest for tattoos. At age 47, I reluctantly admit the wisdom of her advice. It was just a little mistake, a late night/early morning whim of a friend while overseas, not yet in our 20s – a memento, keepsake, a bonding experience, and shortly thereafter, a major regret. In 1989, back in Australia, it was the first tattoo most people had seen on a teenager. At

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Sitting is the new smoking

Time to take a break and reassess your posture to avoid “Upper Crossed Syndrome”, or slouching. It’s the worldwide plague, sometimes referred to as “Silicon Valley Syndrome”, or more generally as “the smoking of our generation”. Our sedentary lifestyles, whether planted 9 to 5 in front of a laptop or desktop, or prolonged periods hunched over and gaming, watching TV, or peering at our smart phones, tablets and other devices, are killing us. According to the article which appeared in a 2013

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