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17 September 2018 - Household Composition Around the World

Not all household are the same, with vast differences between household size and composition around the world. According to the latest 'Database of Household Size and Composition' report from the United Nations, the average household size ranges from less than three people to more than six depending on where you live. While rising living standards across the world have led to a decrease in household size over the last few years, an ageing global population is creating additional household stress in some countries.




10 September 2018 - Rising Cases of Anxiety

There is a rising anxiety epidemic sweeping across the world, with this silent mental health disorder affecting people of all ages, genders and races. According to one recent poll, adults in the United States are increasingly anxious about the world around them. The situation in Australia and New Zealand is not much better, with children as young as four diagnosed with anxiety and women particularly at risk. While rising levels of anxiety are a worry for us all, if harnessed properly, some people think anxiety could also be a power for good.




05 September 2018 - Plans for Space Elevator

A space elevator has long been proposed as an affordable way to transport people and goods beyond Earth's atmosphere. While most of the work in this field has been in the realms of theory or science fiction, Japanese scientists have taken the first small steps into making this vision a reality. Researchers have just launched two tiny satellites to the International Space Station in an effort to test any changes in movement and orientation that could possibly affect future elevator transport.




22 August 2018 - Economic Cost of the Drought

The drought currently affecting large parts of Australia is having a widespread social and economic impact. With the worst affected areas located in outback NSW, southern Queensland, and northern Victoria, farmers are battling to pay their bills and feed their livestock. According to a new report from Commonwealth Bank, the potential cost of the drought could reach $12 billion and have a significant effect on the domestic economy. This massive expense is likely to affect all Australians in the months to come, as the severe economic impact of the drought is passed on to consumers through food price hikes.




20 August 2018 - How Far will the Property Correction Go?

Property prices in Australia have fallen over the last few months, especially in the heated Sydney and Melbourne markets. According to data from Domain Group, prices are now 2 percent lower than their December 2017 peak, with many experts expecting further drops to come. The property boom that defined the last few years is facing its toughest pressure to date, with national prices recording their first negative year since 2012. While no-one knows just how far the correction will go, most analysts are expecting median prices to drop further before we see a significant bounce.




17 August 2018 - Dealing with Household Clutter

In a modern world that is increasingly full and materialistic, it's no wonder that we find ourselves surrounded by more and more clutter. While the first and most powerful step in de-cluttering involves buying less stuff, there are lots of practical things you can do to organise your existing possessions and make more sense of your personal space. Whether it's putting away the laundry before it piles up or taking time to clean up after the kids, it's important to value your space and have a regular de-cluttering schedule if you want to avoid a messy and dysfunctional home.  




06 August 2018 - Boosting your Metabolism

It's a common belief that speeding up your metabolism helps you to stay healthy, burn more calories, and improve your weight loss efforts. Even though there's a lot of truth to this statement, there are also a number of myths associated with metabolism and how it functions. While exercise, diet, and lifestyle factors can have a significant effect on your metabolism, your age and genetic makeup also have an important role to play.  




02 August 2018 - Happiness & the Midlife Crisis

The midlife crisis has been partially explained in recent research, with our happiness said to follow a distinct U-shaped curve that bottoms out in our 40s. While only about 10 percent of men, and even fewer women, actually experience a full-blown midlife crisis, our middle years are the time when our happiness is tested the most. There is some good news, however, with the general unhappiness experienced in our 40s and early 50s almost always improving in the decades that follow.



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