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Kyle MacDonald: Is early rising really better for your health?

Just like everything, self-help ideas are subject to trends, and the latest bright idea seems to be that getting up early is the "secret" that all billionaires share.

And indeed a recent study did seem to suggest there is some evidence at a genetic level for improved wellbeing of early risers, or "larks."

I'm sceptical though, and not just because I'm naturally an "owl," and most of my life have had to drag myself - slightly reluctantly - out of bed every morning.

Kyle MacDonald: How to start being kind to yourself

We all have times when we could be a little kinder to ourselves. But how, if you're someone who has a very loud or mean "self-critic", do you actually do that?

To some extent, we all have that voice inside us, that can give us a hard time, whisper mean things, bring us down if we dare to feel too good. And of course, for some that voice is so overwhelming, it grinds their life to a halt and can make feeling good, feel impossible.


Kyle MacDonald: Roast Busters ringleader Joseph Parker and a lesson in saying sorry

Sorry. Such a small word, but one completely foreign to Roast Busters' ring leader and aspiring musician, Joseph Parker, it would seem.

The latest performance by this young man, who in my opinion is clearly troubled, was almost the textbook "Public Relations Sorry". It was a "sorry if I hurt people, but I just want to put it behind me" apology.

It was a media appearance that looks to have been fuelled by his own needs - not out of any genuine desire to set things right.


Kyle MacDonald: Why 'toxic masculinity' and gender roles harm everyone

This week the topic of masculinity hit the headlines, from two very different quarters.

The American Psychological Society late last year issued a set of treatment guidelines for men, but an article in their own magazine brought it to the media's attention.

They described the growing literature showing that the culture of traditional masculinity is harmful to men.


Does your child have eco-anxiety? Here's how to tackle it

"Twelve years left to save the planet" read one recent headline; "1 million species on the brink of extinction" read another. Little wonder that eco-anxiety - "a chronic fear of environmental doom" - is attracting growing attention, particularly as a problem among younger generations.

Although not yet listed in the mental health manual DSM-5, a number of professional organisations such as the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Wellcome Trust have written about it.

Symptoms of eco-anxiety include anxiety, depressed mood, insomnia, and feelings of loss, fear and helplessness. Symptoms in children may also include separation anxiety and somatisation - signs suggestive of physical illness but without a physical explanation, for example, stomach aches, headaches and extreme fatigue.

Kiwi comedian shares battle with domestic violence

Last Sunday, November 25, was the International Day for the Elimination of Men's Violence Towards Women. This is a day we mark in New Zealand as White Ribbon Day. It aims to end men's violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men.

On the Nutters Club on NewstalkZB we fittingly had Eteuati Ete - one Half of the Comedy Duo "The Laughing Samoans" - and wife Mele Wendt as our guests.

Ete, who had been physically abusive in his relationship, talked about how he had overcome, with help and support, his violence & how Mele came to forgive him.

Government Inquiry into Mental Health could look like this

The year is 2030.

All of the recommendations of what came to be known as the "Patterson Report" into mental health and addictions have been implemented.

And the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission oversees a national set of services that have enabled, over time, our suicide rate to drop - exceeding the 20 per cent target of 2018.

No shortages of peer support workers, counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists: a decade-long workforce plan has trained more and more people, with the promise of ample work in the national mental health service.

And it's a service funded to provide treatment to up to 20 per cent of the population, although the number of people experiencing severe psychological distress has, for the first time in many years, started to decrease.

Kyle MacDonald: Time to put people at heart of mental health system

The report focuses on the need to expand access to treatment, along with a wholesale change to the way that mental health and wellbeing is treated in New Zealand.

This includes taking a whole of Government approach to wellbeing, and establishing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.

It's hugely encouraging to see the review panel so clearly put people, and their whānau, at the heart of this report, recognise much of the system needs to change, and that there is a clear and urgent need for greatly expanded services to cater to those with so called "mild to moderate" mental health difficulties.

Kyle MacDonald: Why we need to legalise synthetic drugs

This week the death toll due to synthetic drugs hit 50 - with coroner Michael Robb calling for a change of approach to users, and easier access to addiction treatment.

I refuse to call these drugs "synthetic cannabis", because this only further confuses the issue.

Synthetics are man-made chemicals, made to target cannabinoid receptors in the brain, but they are much more intoxicating and dangerous than cannabis; they seem to be much more addictive and can result in serious harm and death.

Meanwhile, we have the same pointless argument about whether we should re-classify synthetic drugs, making them more illegal and making users subject to harsher penalties.

Advertisement New Zealand has an opportunity to flip the script and become a world leader in drug law and treatment.

Kyle MacDonald: Why you shouldn't lose your faith in humanity

If you spend too much time watching the news, reading the comments online, or on Twitter, it can be easy to feel that the human race is spiralling towards ever more cruelty, selfishness and brutality.

Underpinning the capacity for billions of human beings on the planet to live with varying levels of co-operation, is the imperfect ability to be altruistic.

Advertisement Altruism is something that has puzzled psychologists and students of human nature throughout human history.

On the other hand, individual selfishness does tend to stop people from making overly generous offers, but an understanding of generosity tends to push towards fairness.

It says people will try to maximise their own gains, and behave selfishly.

So call me a Social Justice Warrior, but it isn't altruism or a lack of generosity that is driving our species to the brink.