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The Happiness Connection

Weird marriage behaviour

Apr 15, 2018 / 11:00 am

My husband is responsible for feeding the pets every morning and then taking the dog into the yard to do his chores. I had to fill in for him one morning this...

A marriage with self

Apr 8, 2018 / 11:00 am

There is no accounting for who you feel chemically attracted to. I swore I would never go out with anyone under six feet, and yet I married a man who an inch...

Melania's marriage

Apr 1, 2018 / 11:00 am

Have you ever been the subject of gossip? Perhaps you were fired from your job or had a public meltdown in front of a crowd of onlookers. I can remember my...

Ultimate marriage question

Mar 25, 2018 / 11:00 am

“Will you marry me?” Asking or answering this question is likely to be one of the biggest decisions a person ever makes. Is this the person for...

Don't be a marriage victim

Mar 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

Have you ever been taken by surprise by getting angry or emotional about something you didn’t expect to be affected by? I’m sure it is something we...

Prince Charming's flaws

Mar 11, 2018 / 11:00 am

When I first got married, I expected my husband to meet all my needs, which he did. Unfortunately, this period of perfect bliss only lasted while we were in our...

Fairy-tale marriages

Mar 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

The 2018 Academy Award winners will be announced tonight. I love movies and have been on a quest to see all nine best picture nominations before today. Did you...

Shifting sands of marriage

Feb 25, 2018 / 11:00 am

A statement by Dr. Rose Backman while I was at the Okanagan Real Estate Investors Group’s Success Summit caught my attention. She has asked hundreds of...

What doesn't kill you...

Feb 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

Do you ever look at your partner and wonder what planet he or she is from, because everything they do is foreign to you? Perhaps they are incredibly messy and...

Add spice to your marriage

Feb 11, 2018 / 11:00 am

“Feb.14 should be renamed Single Awareness Day.” This is a statement I heard while listening to an interview on CBC radio this morning. It made me...

Marriage's perpetual conflict

Feb 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

When two people come together as a couple, they are bound to have disagreements, especially when they blend all areas of their lives together by getting...

Anger can kill a marriage

Jan 28, 2018 / 11:00 am

When I sit down to write my weekly column, I often feel compelled to write about something that caught my attention during the week. It can be a very minor...

Keep shame out of marriage

Jan 21, 2018 / 11:00 am

I was doing some research for a project I am involved in when a statistic caught my attention. According to author, speaker, and psychologist Ty Tashiro, about...

Alone together

Jan 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

Many of my conversations over the past few weeks have been about relationship challenges that surfaced during the holiday season. Just like life, relationships...

A bond of experience

Jan 7, 2018 / 11:00 am

Have you been watching the World Junior Hockey tournament? The gold medal game hasn’t been played as I write this, but Canada is in it, so the country is...

Resolve not to resolve

Dec 31, 2017 / 11:00 am

This week ushers in the start of a new year, and with it, the tradition of setting resolutions. What is the first thing you think of when someone mentions new...

The gift of choice

Dec 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

When I was young, my mom and dad were confident that if they took me, or my siblings, anywhere we would behave well. They were proud of what good kids we were....

Have a stress-free Christmas

Dec 17, 2017 / 11:00 am

As Christmas draws ever nearer, are you beginning to stress about all the things that need to be done? Perhaps like me, you still don’t have your tree up,...

Give experiences, not stuff

Dec 10, 2017 / 11:00 am

Stop giving your kids so much stuff for Christmas. No, I am not the Grinch reincarnated. I didn’t even follow this advice myself when my children were...

Why is your child in school?

Dec 3, 2017 / 11:00 am

I recently saw a social media post from a proud parent whose children had brought home great marks on their most recent report cards. I want to start by saying...

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