The Happiness Connection

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...

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...