Comfort foods not that comforting

COMFORT FOODS: Can they actually improve your mood?

Bacon, ice-cream or chocolate do not soothe us any more than other foods – or no food at all, study says.

Eat just 2 cookies a day

COOKIE: Enjoy the tradition of Christmas cookies, but limit yourself to two small cookies a day to stay healthy.

At this time of year eating cookies in moderation is sensible advice. But how much is "in moderation"?

Where fat goes when you lose it

BEFORE & AFTER: Physicist and fat detective Ruben Meerman in January 2013 (left) and July 2013 (right).

You've lost a kilo of fat. But where exactly does it go when you get rid of it?

Trying not to try

BEING YOURSELF: We all want to be relaxed and confident, but it can be hard on a first date.

Being told to "just be yourself" is annoying, but it's a goal we should all strive to achieve.

NZ: Fifth most-giving country

New Zealand is ranked fifth in the world for giving, volunteering and helping strangers.

Kiwis give a lot of time to helping others - and busy people tend to give the most.

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Comfort foods not that comforting

COMFORT FOODS: Can they actually improve your mood?

Bacon, ice-cream or chocolate do not soothe us any more than other foods – or no food at all, study says.

Eat just 2 cookies a day

At this time of year eating cookies in moderation is sensible advice. But how much is "in moderation"?

Study on 'male idiot theory'

I developed illness I was studying

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Where does fat go when you lose it?

BEFORE & AFTER: Physicist and fat detective Ruben Meerman in January 2013 (left) and July 2013 (right).

You've lost a kilo of fat. But where exactly does it go when you get rid of it?

Staying fit during party season

You can still party hard in the silly season if you do it right.

RACING TIME: A new study has found health benefits in just 60 seconds of intense exercise.

The 60-second workout

A new study has found just one minute of "all-out" exercise can improve your health.

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Trying not to try: 'Just be yourself'

BEING YOURSELF: We all want to be relaxed and confident, but it can be hard on a first date.

Being told to "just be yourself" is annoying, but it's a goal we should all strive to achieve.

Why pets are good for our health

Even brief exposure to animals may be good for you, but, remember, adopting a pet is a forever thing.

New Zealand is ranked fifth in the world for giving, volunteering and helping strangers.

Why NZ is fifth most-giving country

Kiwis give a lot of time to helping others - and busy people tend to give the most.