The Happiness Connection

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...

Do your emotions go viral?

Aug 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

Some of you may use Facebook or another social media platform so you can keep in touch with friends and family. You don’t care about reaching an audience...

Be afraid, but do it anyway

Aug 13, 2017 / 11:00 am

My friend, Chantelle Adams, is leading a day of Courage on Aug. 28. She is encouraging people to face their fears. Facing your fears will undoubtedly involve...

Love long weekends

Aug 6, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Being an entrepreneur, my weekends and weekdays tend to blur together, so it is a good thing I have my husband to remind me of upcoming stat holidays. As my...

Discover your Zen

Jul 30, 2017 / 11:00 am

What do you want most for yourself and your family? If you are like most people, your answer will be – to be happy. We all yearn for this elusive emotion....

Tips for tough going

Jul 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

It has been a tough few months for tourism in the Okanagan. Firstly, there was flooding to deal with. The heavy snow pack, rainy spring, and warm temperatures,...

Negative emotions help

Jul 16, 2017 / 11:00 am

Welcome to the hot, smoky days of summer. Although we should be getting used to life plagued by forest fires by now, every time it happens, I am disappointed....

What's your mindset?

Jul 9, 2017 / 11:00 am

Are you in competition, or in collaboration with the world? Do you try to be better than others, or do you work with them to create something more amazing than...

Happy to be Canadian

Jul 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

"You are a big country. You are the kindest country in the world. You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab." — Robin Williams on...

Assume power position

Jun 25, 2017 / 11:00 am

Ten weeks ago, I wrote an article called Finding Your Sweet Spot. It addressed the idea that it isn’t what happens to you that determines how happy you...

Coffee-shop wisdom

Jun 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

I do my best writing in coffee shops. I’m not sure what makes them such fertile environments for my thoughts, but they are. Perhaps it is because I am...