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The Happiness Connection

Alzheimer's: model for us all

Jan 13, 2019 / 11:00 am

I stumbled across an inspiring story this week, about an 81-year-old who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about three years ago. Alzheimer’s is a...

Be SMART with your goals

Jan 6, 2019 / 11:00 am

It’s almost impossible to go into a new year without making some sort of pledge or resolution. This isn’t the only time you can examine your life...

Programmed for success

Dec 30, 2018 / 1:00 pm

I am not a fan of setting resolutions as the calendar flips from one year to the next. I suspect this is because New Year’s resolutions have become a...

Receiving is important too

Dec 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

I am writing this column with Christmas only a few days away. What do you think about when you consider the approach of Dec. 25? Wondering whether I’ve...

Should you stay or go?

Dec 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

When I arrived in England three weeks ago, hearing about Brexit every time I watched or read news seemed like a pleasant change from constantly hearing about...

Christmas connection

Dec 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

As I got onto the tube (subway/underground) in London this morning, I stood in front of two mature ladies who were involved in a very animated and friendly...

Key to freedom's door

Dec 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

Do you value freedom? Whether you answer yes or no may well depend on what freedom means to you? I love having the freedom to make my own decisions and follow...

Always end with a bang

Nov 25, 2018 / 11:00 am

Let’s talk colonoscopies! I’ll bet that isn’t the opening sentence you were expecting to see on a column called The Happiness Connection....

Insights on a zipline

Nov 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

“He pushed me.” That was a statement I heard frequently when I taught elementary school. It is something you tend to think of as an unwanted...

Memory is a survival tool

Nov 13, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Remember: to bring to mind or think again — Mirriam-Webster You remember things for a reason. This ability isn’t designed to torment you, it is a...

Are you happy?

Nov 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

Are you happy? That is not a rhetorical question. I want you to answer honestly to yourself. Pause, but don’t overthink it. Go with your gut reaction....

Trump make you happy?

Oct 27, 2018 / 4:00 pm

Does Donald Trump make you happy? Reading that statement probably creates an emotional response in you. It doesn’t matter what the response is, most...

Times are changing

Oct 21, 2018 / 11:00 am

In 1921, Canadians lived, on average, 57.1 years. In 2011, the average age of a Canadian was 81.7 years. Let me save you from having to do the math. That is an...

Surfing your emotions

Oct 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

I am a clinically depressed happiness maven. From this statement you can probably tell that emotions play a big part in my life. This does not make me unique....

Be a drama-free zone

Oct 7, 2018 / 11:00 am

Are you one of those people, who like me have declared an end to drama in your life? Drama is the cornerstone of many books, television shows, and movies. The...

Paper flowers for wedding

Sep 30, 2018 / 11:00 am

My newest hobby is weather-forecast watching. This involves a daily perusal of what the meteorologists predict the conditions will be like in the upcoming two...

Your brain lies to you

Sep 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

Listening to my husband recount an experience we both shared, used to be like lighting the fuse on a stick of dynamite. He would get all the details wrong until...

You choose to suffer

Sep 16, 2018 / 12:00 pm

“Only we humans worry about the future, regret the past, and blame ourselves for the present. We get frustrated when we can’t have what we want,...

Light a candle on Monday

Sep 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

Homicide rate – 1.68 per 100,000 Deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes – 5.2 per 100,000 Suicide rate – 11.0 These are based on the...

Living with the H word

Sep 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

I have spent many hours over the past week updating the content on my website and reorganizing the pages. This task forced me to re-examine who I am and what I...

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