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The Happiness Connection

Emotional hangovers and honeymoons

Emotional hangovers and honeymoons

Nov 27, 2022 / 11:00 am

There are many misconceptions about happiness. If you believe all the hype, you might think you should be happy all of the time and if you’re not,...

Why you're not always happy

Why you're not always happy

Nov 20, 2022 / 11:00 am

I was driving down the road the other day when I noticed intensely positive emotions bubbling up to the surface. I could feel butterflies building in my...

Happiness tips to get you through the dull days of winter

Happiness tips to get you through the dull days of winter

Nov 13, 2022 / 11:00 am

Not only did winter arrive with a blast last week, but we also had to deal with falling back into Pacific Standard Time. If you’re eagerly anticipating...

The End of History Illusion

The End of History Illusion

Nov 6, 2022 / 11:00 am

Thinking about the future can be a source of both excitement and stress. I’m currently making some big changes in my life and I’m experiencing the...

'Aloha' is much more than just a Hawaiian greeting

'Aloha' is much more than just a Hawaiian greeting

Oct 30, 2022 / 11:00 am

Aloha! I recently returned from 10 days in Hawaii. My adventure may be over, but I’ve come home with some of the island’s spirit in my heart. You...

Assumptions are joining the dots, but not always correctly

Assumptions are joining the dots, but not always correctly

Oct 23, 2022 / 11:00 am

Have you ever been in a situation where a stranger made a wrong assumption about you? I experienced that twice in a 12-hour period of time recently. As I signed...

You fear what you desire

You fear what you desire

Oct 2, 2022 / 11:00 am

Fear exists in everybody’s life. There’s a myriad of places it surfaces—commitment, rejection and failure are but a few possibilities. It...

Don't be afraid of getting older

Don't be afraid of getting older

Sep 25, 2022 / 11:00 am

Recently, I went to a local charity store to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes, thrifting. Not only did I find some treasures, but when I was standing in...

Getting it wrong helps us to get it right

Getting it wrong helps us to get it right

Sep 18, 2022 / 11:00 am

Whenever I teach Microsoft Office classes, I tell my students I love it when they make mistakes. I thank each person who shares when they’re in a...

All information is useful to us

All information is useful to us

Sep 11, 2022 / 11:00 am

Have you played Wordle? The aim of this New York Times word game is to guess a five-letter word in six attempts or less. When you enter your prediction, the...

Dancing can improve your mental health

Dancing can improve your mental health

Sep 4, 2022 / 11:00 am

After going to the Rockin’ River Country Music Fest in Merritt this summer, I’ve was more determined than ever to learn how to dance the Two-Step....

There's a fine line between persistence and being pig-headed

There's a fine line between persistence and being pig-headed

Aug 28, 2022 / 11:00 am

About 10 years ago I bought a convertible. Her previous owner glued a plastic GPS mount onto her dashboard. He over-applied the adhesive but didn’t worry...

Pet ownership can bring joy enrich your life

Pet ownership can bring joy enrich your life

Aug 21, 2022 / 11:00 am

August 26 is national dog day. That’s Friday in case like me you’ve lost track of the date. How can a summer have sped by so quickly? But...

Play time is not just for kids, adults can benefit too

Play time is not just for kids, adults can benefit too

Aug 14, 2022 / 11:00 am

In my experience, it is almost impossible to be around water without some level of play entering the experience. Knowing you can dowse someone with a hose, get...

Making your bad day better

Making your bad day better

Aug 7, 2022 / 11:00 am

As I was wandering through Costco recently, I was struck yet again by the increasing price of food. I was bothered by this thought more than usual. Perhaps...

Live long and be healthy

Live long and be healthy

Jul 17, 2022 / 11:00 am

What do you think of when you read the following headline? “The Power of Love: Why a 96-year-old man sold his Ontario house and moved to rural...

Self-awareness improves relationships

Self-awareness improves relationships

Jul 10, 2022 / 11:00 am

Would you choose to give yourself electric shocks? The situation would have to be pretty extreme for me to voluntarily inflict that sort of pain on myself. But...

Boosting happiness through screen time

Boosting happiness through screen time

Jul 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

We might not be experiencing typical summer weather yet, but anyone with younger students living in their household will have no doubt that summer is here....

Hope is not just desire, it can change your life

Hope is not just desire, it can change your life

Jun 26, 2022 / 11:00 am

In the blink of an eye life can change. I was reminded of this fact when I attended a fundraising gala on Tuesday. When a skiing accident left Mike Shaw...

Free yourself from body shame

Free yourself from body shame

Jun 19, 2022 / 11:00 am

As I write this column, it’s summer—at least for today. Sundresses, shorts, and flip flops are all on display. Traditionally, this is a tricky time...

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