Food and mood (2006)

When you think about foods being “good” or “bad” for you, it’s likely you are thinking more about your body than your mind.  Yet what you eat dramatically affects the way you feel, think and act. When your brain is short of vital nutrients or water it cannot function optimally – and nor can you. […]

Fidelity matters

Perhaps you are not married to or living with a leading sports player whose sexual habits make frequent front-page news.  Nevertheless, you are concerned about your partner’s attitude to sex. When you met, fell in love and made a commitment to one another, you knew that he (or she – this story does run in […]

Faith fundamentals

I’ve been turning over the Big Question for most of my life: is there meaning to our existence beyond whatever meanings we ourselves ascribe to it?  Clearly, I’m not alone in this. It has given rise to religions, philosophies and belief systems of all kinds throughout human history. My own faith background is Christian but […]

A celebration of open minds

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren are my new heroes.  It is not just that they are this year’s noble Nobel prizewinners in medicine, they are also shining examples of that glorious and possibly rather rare condition called the open mind. Of course most of us would like to believe we are similarly blessed: open to […]

Calm children

Lots of public parenting goes on in summer.  Family groups spend hours on the beach or hanging out with friends.  These are probably some of the best times of the year for many families. Less rush, fewer demands, looser schedules bring an ease that benefits parents as much as children. But, watching, I see that […]

Peace on earth

It is not just at Christmas time that most of us want peace for our world. Conflict between human beings causes our greatest sorrows. Peaceful connections bring our greatest joys. Yet beyond seasonal wishes, too few of us dare imagine how sustained peace might be achieved. Even the topic of peace arouses passionate feelings.  I […]

A happy plan

When we lose our capacity for happiness, our creativity plummets, our relationships suffer. One of the songs my children used to sing when they were little – and I imagine countless small children are still singing it – went, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” This line was repeated many times, […]


Interfaith ministry is an acknowledgment that there are many ways to seek meaning. A few weeks ago at a workshop someone asked me a tough question. We’d been talking about purpose and how painful our lives feel when we slip out of touch with what matters to us. Then one woman said, “How do I […]

The Universal Heart

ISBN 0670885843 Viking Australia – First publication: 2000 – No 1. Bestseller A rare book that combines practical psychological insights with genuine spiritual development. “A tour de force of matters of the heart” Kindred Spirit “Deeply attentive and acutely perceptive… infinitely compassionate and accepting” Women’s Health “”Celebrates altruism and the precious everyday moments of human […]

Intimacy & Solitude – Self Therapy

ISBN 0704343770 Random House Australia Pty Ltd – First published 1993 In this warm, wise companion to her international bestseller, Intimacy and Solitude, Stephanie Dowrick guides us to greater self-awareness, confidence and happiness through simple, effective self-therapy. She does not provide formula answers, hoping they might fit. Instead she inspires us to develop our own […]

Daily Acts of Love

ISBN 067088393X Penguin Australia – First publication 1998 There is no source of happiness greater than the practice of love. Stephanie Dowrick shows us in countless warm, practical and far-reaching ways how to make every day a loving day. Open this exquisite book at any page – and deepen your knowledge of love. Sales information: […]

Every Day a New Beginning

ISBN 067089656X Penguin Australia, Melbourne –  First publication 2001 Viking Australia, Melbourne There are moments in all of our lives when we need encouragement and hope. Stephanie Dowrick offers us practical inspiration to see freshly how precious our lives are, and how readily we can regain balance, strength and resilience. Open to any page – […]