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This month resident counsellor Douglas Holwerda answers the question about self comparison.  
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the acronym that makes your mouth feel full of marbles — lgbtqi (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — queer/questioning, intersex) — disappeared; if rainbows took back their real meaning; the word gay once again meant bright and happy; pride referred to a group of lions or to deep pleasure and satisfaction; you stepped outdoors if coming out; people could marry whoever they wanted, and same-sex marriage no longer deflected media attention from important issues.

Our planet is in the midst of turbulent times. The rate at which we are informed of tragic global events can have a negative impact on our psyche. The media tends to highlight all that is wrong in the world, painting a bleak picture of humanity.

Connecting the two dots on the map, Hanoi to Kathmandu, Matt Dworzanczyk hits the brakes after 25,000km on the road.

The conventional approach to getting fit (joining a gym or plodding along on the pavement) is failing us. About 70% of the western adult population is overweight and over 30% are classified as obese. Vietnam, like most of the world, is beginning to follow in these unhealthy footsteps.

By the time you read this, another graduation will have been celebrated at KOTO. This year three classes of young men and women proudly walked across the stage as they received their certificates, the triumphant culmination in their two-year journey with KOTO. If you’re not familiar, KOTO provides vocational hospitality training to youth who come from highly disadvantaged circumstances.

Dear Douglas,

 

The biggest challenge to being a GP is sometimes meeting patients who aren’t actually ill, but really need more emotional help. It can be like deciphering a mental puzzle with no clues. One morning a few weeks ago, a young Caucasian female traveller arrived at the clinic. She was in her twenties, was travelling through Asia with her friends, and had arrived from Thailand a few days before. The consultation started as she was concerned as she’d had diarrhoea for three days with lower abdominal pain.

 

There was once a celebrated Society for Dead Poets. In my opinion, many authors who have died in the past 12 months should also be celebrated. So here goes.

I was speaking recently with the mother of a toddler and I reflected afterwards on the description she gave of her child’s need for her comfort object, in this case a stuffed bunny.

There is intense competition among cities throughout the world for investment, which in turn means wealth for those cities.

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