The Happiness Connection

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...

Taking the first step

Nov 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

This week marks a milestone in my career as a columnist for Castanet. It was one year ago this week, that my first article was published. Adults learn by taking...

Curiosity can conquer fear

Nov 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

I’m not a huge fan of winter. More accurately, I’m not a huge fan of the kinds of winters we have in the Okanagan. I’d probably love a...

Satisfaction is the key

Nov 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

My parents are celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary this week. When I was a child, the thing that stood out most to me about their wedding was the date....

Name your emotions

Nov 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

I consider myself to be a positive person, but that doesn’t mean I am always happy, or that I couldn’t be happier. I had a situation last week that...

Leap into the unknown

Oct 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

“Get comfortable, with being uncomfortable.” I love this statement by Jillian Michaels because moving out of your comfort zone cannot be avoided....

Perils of miscommunicating

Oct 22, 2017 / 11:00 am

One of the most challenging aspects of life is communication. You think you have expressed your thoughts adequately to be understood, only to find that the...

It seemed like a good idea

Oct 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

When was the last time you had to make a really big decision such as: Should I change jobs? Is this the right person for me? Which house should I buy? ...

Never too late to be happy

Oct 8, 2017 / 11:00 am

What a week! Once again, the world was filled with senseless acts of violence that have affected many of us, even if we weren’t there. The Vegas shooting...

Move slowly to go quickly

Oct 1, 2017 / 11:00 am

Do you love going away on a holiday? Most people look forward to their holidays, even though it often involves a lot of preparation, and catching up after. I...

Connecting with the past

Sep 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

Although my ancestors have lived in Canada for many generations, their ancestors came from different parts of Europe. I have frequently made detours while...

Be yourself bravely

Sep 17, 2017 / 11:00 am

“Don’t air your dirty laundry in front of others.” “Never argue in front of the children.” “When a friend asks you how you...

Let your kid walk to school

Sep 3, 2017 / 11:00 am

Did you walk to school as a child? If you are of a certain age, chances are very good that the answer is yes. Do you let your children walk to school? There is...

Honour your child's effort

Aug 27, 2017 / 11:00 am

Perhaps it is because I was a teacher for so many years that I always approach the end of August with a slight feeling of sadness. For many, it marks the end of...