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Monday, February 18th 2008

Philip McCabe, Development Manager of County Monaghan's Citizen Information Service, has advice on means testing. To qualify for a social assistance payment you must satisfy a mean test and a habitual residence test. A means test is when the Department of Social and Family Affairs examines all your sources of income to test if they fall below a certain level. If you are married or living with another person as husband and wife, the means of your spouse or partner are also taken into account when you apply for a social assistance payment.

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How happy are you? Think about it. On a scale of one to ten - how would you describe your happiness levels? Are you a ten, or maybe a one? Dr Zelda di Blasi is a psychology lecturer in UCC, and she believes that we can all learn to be happier. At UCC she lectures in the growing field of positive psychology which aims to help us all have a better quality of life, but today she joins Derek from our Cork studios.

Country music connisseurs will have one destination in mind for a blast of music tonight ... it's the Green Room at the Holiday Inn, and the featured artists have nearly as many hits as Google! Don Schlitz is here, as is Pat Alger - and they'll be plying their trade tonight at the Green Room, but they've stopped in for a tune and a chat. First up Pat performs Lonestar State Of Mind and Unanswered Prayers, and then Don performs The Gambler. Appearing alongside Don & Pat at the Green Room, in Dublin's Holiday Inn, tonight are Ralph Murphy and Ruth Ann Cunningham. The gig starts 8pm and admission is €10 - click here for more details.

It's hard to resist homemade cakes, biscuits and breads, especially when you get your hands on them still warm from the oven! There's been a recent resurgence of interest in home baking - more articles in food magazines and newspapers, while there is a growing army of Irish bloggers who bake, photograph and write about it. Caroline Hennessy - blogger, baker, breadmaker and food journalist - has just completed the 12-week certificate course at Ballymaloe, blogs regularly at Bibliocook.com and writes for Intermezzo, an Irish quarterly food magazine - talks to us about the recent resurgence in baking. Click here for some of her recipes.

Philip McCabe's back, to answer your queries on widows' pensions, co-habiting, contributory pensions, entitlements, the carers allowance and fuel allowance. For more Citizens' Information, visit www.citizensinformation.ie or Lo Call 1890 777 121.

And we congratulate Susan Turley, in Killiney, Co. Dublin, on winning €1000 of Mooney's Money! To find out how you could win €1000 tomorrow, click here...