Family News and Events

Family News and Events
Garden of Ghosts and Ghouls

October is the month of frights, spooks and scares, and so there’s no better way to spend this time than by experiencing an ominous Hallowe’en tour. Wexford’s Wells House and Gardens is welcoming the return of the acclaimed ‘Dare to Scare’ Hallowe’en tour, taking place in its beautiful old country house.

There will be a new addition to the tour this year as they have added on Adult Scare Tours late each evening, which are not for the faint-hearted! Mayhem will ensue as you explore the grounds at night, listen to stories of the past and try not to get caught by the ghosts and ghouls of Ireland’s history.

Running from October 26–31 with tickets ranging from €11–12, experiencing the aesthetic of Well’s House while trying to avoid ghouls is an event that whole family can enjoy.


Have a back-up plan!

Most workers nowadays have a sedentary lifestyle, whether it be as a bus driver, a secretary or a computer technician. And while sitting down all day might seem comfortable initially, bad back posture and sitting incorrectly can cause serious strain on your whole body. This problem will only get worse if nothing is done to tackle it, ultimately leading to irreversible damage.

One effective and inexpensive way to address slouching is by trying out an orthopaedic cushion. It’s very comfortable and forces you to sit up tall and straighten your back.

Given that these cushions are easily portable, you can take it from home to work so that you can use it all the time.

By making sure that it becomes a normal part of your sedentary routine, you can be assured that your back pain and posture will improve beyond what you could imagine.


Strange pain?

Most people in their lifetime will take pain relief, whether it be for a toothache or something much more serious, but a new study has shown that it might be more effective when delivered by a stranger.

Researchers from universities in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland found that participants experiencing a similarly strong response to pain perceived to experience less pain depending on whom they received pain relief from.

Thus, those individuals whose pain was treated by someone they did not know beforehand felt that their pain was more diminished, compared with individuals who had received the treatment from a person in their own social group.

Moreover, this effect was not based purely on subjective impressions. According to lead author, Grit Hein, there was also “a reduction of the pain-related activation in the corresponding brain regions” in the case of participants who were treated by a stranger.