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The Happiness Connection

Toilet paper philosophy

Mar 29, 2020 / 11:00 am

The last time I went to Costco was the first day of their social-distancing initiatives. They were only letting a limited number of people in at one time. I was...

Silver linings hard to see

Mar 22, 2020 / 11:00 am

The pandemic is something that will be remembered and recounted long after it's over. This is probably the biggest global event since the Second World War....

Keep your social distance

Mar 15, 2020 / 11:00 am

I remember a neighbour’s 12-year-old daughter declaring that she had a boyfriend. That wasn’t unusual, but finding out she had never met this boy...

Change is OK

Mar 8, 2020 / 11:00 am

I recently heard about a new way of packaging shampoo and conditioner. Rather than being liquid in a bottle, you can buy it in a bar like soap. What a great...

Worry won't change things

Mar 1, 2020 / 11:00 am

As I drove my dad to an appointment, he broached a subject on behalf of my mother. Knowing that I have a road trip coming up, they wanted confirmation that I...

Depressed, yet happy

Feb 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

I am a clinically depressed, happiness maven. Does that sound weird? I guess it’s a little like a professional skier saying they are allergic to snow....

The person you overlook

Feb 16, 2020 / 11:00 am

For me, Valentine’s Day has always been about more than just romantic love. Don’t get me wrong – when I was growing up, I couldn’t wait...

Practice makes... success

Feb 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

What are you good at? You might think about work skills, like sales or negotiation. Perhaps your mind goes to leisure time and you think about a sport or craft....

What on earth led to Brexit?

Feb 2, 2020 / 11:00 am

It finally happened. On Friday, 1,316 days after voting to leave the European Union, Britain severed its ties with Europe. The result of the referendum on June...

It's OK to talk to yourself

Jan 26, 2020 / 11:00 am

Do you talk to yourself? I do. Let me clarify. I don’t have conversations where I ask questions and then answer them. I verbally process my thoughts. It...

Broken ankle, crutch phrase

Jan 19, 2020 / 11:00 am

If you read my column regularly, you may have been wondering what happened to me last weekend. For only the second time in three years, I didn’t manage to...

Leaping into the new year

Jan 5, 2020 / 11:13 am

Would life be easier in January if we didn’t celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25? There is so much happening during the holiday period that it is easy to let...

SMART 2020 resolutions

Dec 29, 2019 / 11:00 am

Even if you aren’t a fan of new year’s resolutions, there is a good chance that you are thinking about what you want 2020 to be like. January seems...

Christmas will be perfect

Dec 22, 2019 / 11:00 am

There are two sides to every coin. What may seem like heaven to you, can be purgatory to someone else. It depends on the viewpoint you choose. This is...

Embrace rejection

Dec 15, 2019 / 11:00 am

The only way to become a competent winter driver is to drive in winter conditions, including snow. You may know to pump your brakes and steer into the skid, but...

Spock wasn't always right

Dec 8, 2019 / 11:00 am

As I sat in my car waiting for the traffic light to change, the licence plate holder on the car in front of me caught my attention. Service before Self. I think...

Are you still growing?

Dec 1, 2019 / 1:18 pm

Whenever I see my friends’ young children and grandchildren, I find myself commenting on how much they’ve grown. They tend to look at me with...

Stop shoulding yourself

Nov 24, 2019 / 11:51 am

How many times a day do you use the word should or some variation of it? The best way to get an accurate answer is to ask a few people to be your “should...

Dive into the new

Nov 17, 2019 / 11:00 am

I have many friends of all ages who have left long-term relationships in the past year or two. As an observer of people, I am fascinated by the different...

Reason for a season, lifetime

Nov 10, 2019 / 11:02 am

We moved a lot when I was younger. My dad would get transferred to a new province and off we’d go. I always felt I missed out, because I wasn’t...