The Happiness Connection

It's none of your business

Jun 11, 2017 / 11:00 am

In primitive times, people discovered that they were stronger if they worked together as a team. One person didn’t have the strength, or natural weapons...

Your mind's in your corner

Jun 4, 2017 / 11:00 am

When I got pregnant with my first child, I experienced a strange phenomenon. Suddenly, it was as if every woman on the planet was pregnant, or had recently...

It's OK for your kids to suffer

May 28, 2017 / 11:00 am

Several years ago, a friend told me that parents are never happier than their unhappiest child. In my experience, this is true. I was reminded of this fact...

Avoid the Gossip Zone

May 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

A trouble shared is a trouble halved. This proverb encourages us to share our problems in order to alleviate the stress they cause. I totally agree with this...

Did your mom tell you this?

May 14, 2017 / 11:00 am

Robustly happy people take responsibility for their own happiness. This is a powerful statement, and not one that I was ever introduced to by my mother. I...

You're perfect!

May 9, 2017 / 8:00 pm

I used to tell my students I was like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. They would groan and laugh, but I wonder how many of them wished they...

Learn to enjoy yes

Apr 30, 2017 / 11:00 am

Do you have problems saying no? Do you find yes slipping from your lips every time you are asked to get involved with a project, volunteer at your child’s...

Little things mean a lot

Apr 23, 2017 / 10:00 pm

Have you ever driven home from work, but have no recollection of how you got there? This is a common occurrence for some of us, and illustrates how you can go...

Finding your sweet spot

Apr 16, 2017 / 11:00 am

Do you ever have ‘one of those days?’ A day when so many things seem to go wrong? Of course, you do. We all have days like that. It is common to...

It's not about the money

Apr 9, 2017 / 11:00 am

If you want to live a happy life, is it more important to have: a) Freedom of choice? b) Money? If your brain is screaming, “The answer is b,"...

Begin with you!

Apr 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

If you are of a certain age, you may remember the first time you opened your mouth and your mother or father’s voice came out. You uttered the words you...

Go ahead. Be 'selfish'

Mar 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

Is taking care of yourself selfish? Do you regularly take a working lunch so you can get a few extra tasks off your list, stop going to the gym, because you...

Happiness is a POV

Mar 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

When I tell people I specialize in helping the world to be happier, I get a wide variety of reactions. For the most part, they fall into two camps: one that...

Ditch the negativity

Mar 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

As I sit at my computer, I am looking out on snowy Kelowna, and wondering where spring has gone. Doesn’t the weather realize it is the middle of March....

Be wary of expectations

Mar 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

Did you watch the Academy Awards last Sunday? Do you agree with the winner, or would you have chosen a different movie to take the top honour? Every year, as...

Does your heart sing?

Feb 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

Perhaps because we recently celebrated Valentine’s and Family days, I’ve been thinking about hearts and the part they play in our desire to be...

Be kind, get happy

Feb 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

Have you ever been to the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary? It is a wonderful facility with a warren of corridors, escalators and rooms. I was there speaking...

How full is your glass?

Feb 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

What do you think of all the snow we've been getting? If you love winter, you may be jumping up and down with glee. If you aren’t so much of a cold...

You need to belong

Feb 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

Social connections are the relationships you have with the people around you. You can create connection with family and close friends, or you can create it...

Focus on your goals

Jan 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

Last week, I wrote about setting goals. Research has found a strong link between working to attain a goal and feelings of happiness, and satisfaction. Once you...