The Happiness Connection

Creating self-esteem in kids

Sep 15, 2019 / 11:00 am

When I wrote about five essential parenting skills last week, I didn’t explain why they are so important. Thank you to everyone who contacted me, wanting...

5 essential parenting skills

Sep 8, 2019 / 11:00 am

When I taught elementary and middle school, I always found September the most challenging month. The work I put in at the beginning of the academic year set the...

How's your self-esteem?

Sep 1, 2019 / 11:00 am

I was speaking with a woman recently who separated from her husband. A major life change like this requires adjustment. It takes time regardless of how amicable...

Take Marilyn's advice

Aug 25, 2019 / 11:00 am

Being alone does not mean you are lonely. I’ve talked about loneliness before, but based on the discussions I’ve been having lately, I think it is...

You are the creator

Aug 18, 2019 / 11:00 am

My mom and dad have an amazing neighbour who helps them with all sorts of things. Recently, he pruned the trees and bushes at the back of their house. The...

See-saw myth shattered

Aug 11, 2019 / 11:00 am

When I was growing up, I knew my parents loved me. It wasn’t because they heaped praise on me. In fact, about the most glowing comment they gave me, and...

Let August challenge you

Aug 4, 2019 / 11:00 am

The summer is only half over, and yet back-to-school ads are everywhere. I’m not sure if it’s from my years as a teacher, or because I went to nine...

Thinking about the past

Jul 28, 2019 / 11:00 am

I’ve found myself being introspective this week. What have been my greatest challenges? What have they taught me? What do I still want to accomplish? ...

Telling your story honestly

Jul 21, 2019 / 11:00 am

I don’t like milk. I have an ancient memory from when I was tiny. In it, my sister tells me not to like milk because it is good for me. In those days, I...

Don't wait to be pushed

Jul 14, 2019 / 11:00 am

I have an irrational fear of falling. I can stand on the edge of a cliff and enjoy looking down – if I don’t think I’m going to fall. Ask me...

Updating your beliefs

Jul 7, 2019 / 11:00 am

New environments are always full of surprise sounds and noises. The first time someone rang my doorbell, I was surprised by how loud it was. That may be because...

People-watching lessons

Jun 30, 2019 / 11:00 am

I have spent the last two weeks around more people than usual. It gave me the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connections. I did a lot of...

Life without expectations

Jun 23, 2019 / 11:00 am

How do you feel about birthdays? Do you try to ignore them do something small to celebrate go all out? I love my birthdays and try to make each one special...

Willing to shear your hair?

Jun 16, 2019 / 11:08 am

You are so brave! What would you need to do to deserve such an accolade? Go to a foreign land by yourself? Quit your secure job to become an entrepreneur? Or...

Survivor isn't just a TV show

Jun 9, 2019 / 11:00 am

I am in a whirlwind of change. I’m also dealing with new challenges. My week started with a clogged sewer pipe. Who do I call? Thank you, Living Water...

Change is good for you

Jun 2, 2019 / 11:00 am

You can never step into the same river twice. — Heraclitus Change is something humans are programmed to dislike and yet try as you might, you can’t...

A new spin on spinster

May 26, 2019 / 11:00 am

With the wedding season just around the corner, I would like to devote this week’s column to the word spinster. When I got married at the age of 29, this...

Be clear, and get results

May 19, 2019 / 11:00 am

For many, this time of year brings transition. Graduates from high school or university are faced with the question, “What next?” This isn’t...

Shadow side of mom's day

May 12, 2019 / 11:00 am

“Be careful what you wish for; it just might come true.” This saying has always intrigued me, especially when I was younger. How could wanting to go...

Thank what you give away

May 5, 2019 / 5:00 pm

During your life, you have opportunities to experience what it is like to be on opposite sides of a similar situation. You’ve been both a child and an...