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Monday, January 07th 2013

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On today's Mooney,

We hear about a new study which finds that smokers who kick the habit feel less anxiety afterwards; we find out how you can save money on baby food and we’ve a weekend away for the winner of our Monday quiz...

K Club Wedding Competition

About 22,000 couples get married in Ireland every year – and here on Mooney we’re going to make 2013 lucky for some with a fantastic wedding competition we’re going to be running in January in conjunction with the RTÉ Guide and The K Club! To find out more, tune in, and get a copy of the RTÉ Guide, on January 14th! Derek chats today to Michael Darwin, the General Manager of the K Club, to find out all about weddings at this prestigious venue...

Giving Up Smoking Reduces Anxiety

People talk of the ‘relaxing’ effect a cigarette can have on the body.
And often, that’s why a lot of people ‘fall off the wagon’ when they try to give up smoking. They experience something stressful and they feel they ‘need’ a ciggie to get through it.

But a new UK study shows that this supposed stress relief may be all imagined. The study shows that quitting smoking actually reduces anxiety. And those who try, but fail, to quit experience increased anxiety.

Katriona McFadden caught up with some smokers and former smokers earlier and asked them if they believed that a cigarette calmed them down. And Derek is also joined from London by Dr Máirtín McDermott, Research Health Psychologist at Kings College London and an author of this study...

New Year's Resolutions

We are now seven days into the New Year and, if recent reports are to be believed, this is the time of year when we all wake up, decide there is a bright new day dawning, and resolve to make some fundamental changes to our lives!

Whether it's losing weight, changing job or giving up smoking, David Carey, consulting psychologist from the Owen Connolly Counselling Centre in Dublin, has advice to help you keep your resolution, and he joins Derek in studio today!

Mooney's Monday Quiz

Beat the Monday blues by playing Mooney's Monday Quiz! We're looking for three listeners to take on a minute of general knowledge questions - and we have a fabulous prize for the winner!

Itís a two-night weekend break in the Salthill Hotel in Galway, with a great location right on the Salthill Promenade.

Your prize is based on two people sharing one executive suite, overlooking the Bay - and includes wine and fruit on arrival; breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotelís PROM restaurant.

You also have full use of the hotelís leisure centre with its 25metre swimming pool, 18 metre hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room. Perfect for working off the excesses of Christmas or for just relaxing.

Runners-up will get a copy of a lovely new photographic hardback book Shore Birds Of Ireland by Jim Wilson. And everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch!

If you feel like taking a break, and if you want to take part in our quiz today, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, telling us a bit about yourself! Or phone or text us from 3pm - 4pm today, on 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock and you need to be over 18 to claim the prize. Under 18s can play on your behalf.

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

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