Life hacks: Seven shortcuts to an easier day

Michael Koziol   Do you simply throw out your used toilet rolls? Unless you have kids who are into craft, you almost certainly do. But that would be folly.

Libido lifters?

Do people give a fig for aphrodisiacs?

Oysters: Libido lifters?

Matty Silver   For as long as humans have been having sex, aphrodisiacs have been popular, but will they improve your sex life?

Moody blues

Why your dog or the guy next to you could have PMS

PMS? A man or woman could have it, in theory.

Sarah Berry   PMS has been so broadly defined it could be applied to almost any expression of irritation.

Famous last texts from your ex

The one that got away? Probably not.

A new video of comedians reading the last text messages they received from an ex is an online hit.

Personal PR

Duality: public and private faces of depression

Liz Obert.

Sarah Berry   The image we present to the world and the reality of our lives are often at odds.

Sleeping more than eight hours linked to death, stroke

Sleeping more than eight hours a night was linked with a 30 per cent greater risk of early death, an analysis of research found.

Michael Koziol   A new study finds adults who get more than eight hours a night are at risk of sleeping themselves into an early grave.

What Julie Bishop's eye roll really meant

Julie Bishop

Michael Koziol   Window to the soul, pathway to seduction and conveyor of contempt - the eyes have it (all), as Julie Bishop frequently demonstrates.

'Classier Tinder' launches in Sydney

Hinge profiles show a user's workplace, education, height and hobbies.

Mary Ward   It's being marketed as a "classier Tinder"

The Australian woman who counselled Angelina Jolie

Krystal Barter, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Unbroken premiere in Sydney.

Jenna Clarke   Prior to her ovariectomy Angelina Jolie requested a meeting with fellow BCRA 1 sufferer and Pink Hope founder Krystal Barter.

Challenging men to be mum for a weekend

How many men with prove to be Tough Mothers?

Lucy Battersby   A Melbourne woman is challenging fathers to take on singlehandedly one of the hardest jobs in the world for 48 hours. It involves obstacles, point scoring, possibly drinking and sex, and has been designed to ensure at least one person breaks down in tears.  

Breaking bad

Four seconds to change your world

Author Peter Bregman says the 'four-second rule' will help you break your bad habits.

Michael Koziol   Four seconds is all you need to achieve your goals, motivational speaker Peter Bregman says.

New 4D vision

Smoking while pregnant may harm baby's central nervous system: study

Fetuses of mothers who smoked (top row) moved their mouths and touched their faces more frequently.

Michael Koziol   Smoking while pregnant could harm the foetal central nervous system, according to a pilot study which used 4D ultrasounds to monitor unborn babies.

Sweeter dreams

Sleep hack: Poke your feet out of the covers

Keeping your feet uncovered can help your body cool down as you sleep.

Michael Koziol   Keeping your feet uncovered can aid sleep by helping the body stay cool.

Mundane faithfulness

Kara Tippetts, who wrote an open letter to Brittany Maynard, has died

Kara Tippetts.

Sarah Pulliam Bailey   A Christian author and blogger with terminal cancer who tried to persuade Brittany Maynard to reconsider her November decision to die through doctor-assisted suicide, has died.

Researchers sniff out stigma of obesity

Subjects of an American study associated images of obese people with unpleasant odours.

Melissa Healy   Experimental subjects who were tricked into thinking they should smell something reported they smelled less pleasant odors when they viewed pictures of overweight and obese people than when they looked at trim people individuals, new research has found.

Short and sweet

The 24-minute morning routine to kickstart success

A brush away from success? This 24-minute routine might help.

Sarah Berry   Six short steps can kickstart your day in the right direction.

About last night

A person with obsessive compulsive disorder often focuses on a partner's faults rather than the positive aspects of a relationship.

Maureen Matthews   Fear of making a mistake can get in the way of love.

Sleep the secret to sexual success: study

Women who slept an hour longer were 14 per cent more likely to have sex with their partner the next day.

Michael Koziol   For a better time in the sack, hit the sack. That's the implication of a new study which found young women were more likely to desire sex – and have it – if they slept longer the previous night.

Work interrupted

Tired of being interrupted at work? Here's how to stop anyone talking over you

Work interrupted: Hit an interrupter where it hurts.

Claire Cohen   Here are a few practical ways you can hit an interrupter where it hurts.

Sheryl Sandberg's advice

'Choreplay': Help out at home to get more sex, Sheryl Sandberg tells men

'Stepping up' as a father also benefits men and their children, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says.

Michael Koziol   Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.