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The Happiness Connection

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...

The benefits of the 'Happiness Triad'

The benefits of the 'Happiness Triad'

Jun 12, 2022 / 11:00 am

“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and the end of human existence.” Aristotle As a happiness maven, I agree with this...

The amazing way your brain works to identify what you need

The amazing way your brain works to identify what you need

Jun 5, 2022 / 11:00 am

On my recent trip to England, I had the opportunity to see yet again just how amazing the human brain is. Because I was there for the entire month of May, I...

Mother's Day should be for all who take on a mothering role

Mother's Day should be for all who take on a mothering role

May 8, 2022 / 11:00 am

This year, Mother’s Day is a little strange as it’s the first time my mom isn’t here for me to celebrate with. On the positive side, I’m...

Back to old relationship habits

Back to old relationship habits

May 1, 2022 / 11:00 am

When the pandemic first started, there was a lot of speculations about the effect lockdown would have on marriages and committed relationships. Many experts...

Dealing with the impact of both busyness and boredom

Dealing with the impact of both busyness and boredom

Apr 24, 2022 / 11:00 am

This year the Easter weekend snuck up on me. That isn’t unusual. I struggle to keep track of the days of the week, so it makes sense that long weekends,...

Good fences make good neighbours

Good fences make good neighbours

Apr 17, 2022 / 11:00 am

When I first moved into my house, I had the back yard landscaped. I have what’s known as a bare land strata. I own my house and surrounding property, but...

Growing together not apart

Growing together not apart

Apr 10, 2022 / 11:00 am

Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu Research supports the...

The human brain can fill in what we don't see

The human brain can fill in what we don't see

Apr 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

I had a strange experience this week. It’s one that I’m sure many people can relate to. A little over a year ago, I had my first appointment with a...

You may not be as open-minded as you think you are

You may not be as open-minded as you think you are

Mar 27, 2022 / 11:00 am

Are you openminded? Open-mindedness is the willingness to find and consider a variety of perspectives, values, opinions or beliefs, even if they contradict your...

Not up to you to make your partner happy

Not up to you to make your partner happy

Mar 20, 2022 / 11:00 am

I love meeting people for coffee. The conversations that accompany the beverages are a great source of column topics for me. This week I found myself talking...

'Big T' or 'little t' trauma — it all packs a punch

'Big T' or 'little t' trauma — it all packs a punch

Mar 13, 2022 / 11:00 am

Years ago, when I was first dipping my toe into the world of professional speaking, I was encouraged to create a signature story. This is the term used to...

Optimism is more than just looking on the bright side

Optimism is more than just looking on the bright side

Mar 6, 2022 / 11:00 am

I had a conversation last week with a young woman who was feeling anxious about the events in Ukraine. Eventually, she put her main concern into a question....

Research shows hugging really is good for us

Research shows hugging really is good for us

Feb 27, 2022 / 11:00 am

Over the past two years, I’ve experienced a drastic reduction in the number of hugs I receive. With both my children living in the U.K., COVID protocols...

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