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The Happiness Connection

Live from the inside out

Feb 17, 2019 / 11:18 am

“If I get that new job, then I’ll be happy.” “Buying that sporty new car, will make me feel young again.” “A new partner is...

The pain of loneliness

Feb 10, 2019 / 11:00 am

I’m not sure if it is because of the time of year, but several people I’ve connected with this week told me they are lonely. Loneliness is a...

Mental cold-and-flu season

Feb 3, 2019 / 11:16 am

Even though the days are beginning to get lighter, it is still cold-and-flu season. A time when the number of people suffering from these afflictions is high. A...

Stigma of mental illness

Jan 27, 2019 / 11:00 am

Stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. The roots of this word lie in Greek and Latin where it refers to a...

Be wary of fresh starts

Jan 20, 2019 / 1:18 pm

There is something inspiring about the prospect of a fresh start. I can remember times when the thought of moving to a new place or school was a welcome relief....

Alzheimer's: model for us all

Jan 13, 2019 / 11:00 am

I stumbled across an inspiring story this week, about an 81-year-old who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about three years ago. Alzheimer’s is a...

Be SMART with your goals

Jan 6, 2019 / 11:00 am

It’s almost impossible to go into a new year without making some sort of pledge or resolution. This isn’t the only time you can examine your life...

Programmed for success

Dec 30, 2018 / 1:00 pm

I am not a fan of setting resolutions as the calendar flips from one year to the next. I suspect this is because New Year’s resolutions have become a...

Receiving is important too

Dec 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

I am writing this column with Christmas only a few days away. What do you think about when you consider the approach of Dec. 25? Wondering whether I’ve...

Should you stay or go?

Dec 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

When I arrived in England three weeks ago, hearing about Brexit every time I watched or read news seemed like a pleasant change from constantly hearing about...

Christmas connection

Dec 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

As I got onto the tube (subway/underground) in London this morning, I stood in front of two mature ladies who were involved in a very animated and friendly...

Key to freedom's door

Dec 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

Do you value freedom? Whether you answer yes or no may well depend on what freedom means to you? I love having the freedom to make my own decisions and follow...

Always end with a bang

Nov 25, 2018 / 11:00 am

Let’s talk colonoscopies! I’ll bet that isn’t the opening sentence you were expecting to see on a column called The Happiness Connection....

Insights on a zipline

Nov 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

“He pushed me.” That was a statement I heard frequently when I taught elementary school. It is something you tend to think of as an unwanted...

Memory is a survival tool

Nov 13, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Remember: to bring to mind or think again — Mirriam-Webster You remember things for a reason. This ability isn’t designed to torment you, it is a...

Are you happy?

Nov 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

Are you happy? That is not a rhetorical question. I want you to answer honestly to yourself. Pause, but don’t overthink it. Go with your gut reaction....

Trump make you happy?

Oct 27, 2018 / 4:00 pm

Does Donald Trump make you happy? Reading that statement probably creates an emotional response in you. It doesn’t matter what the response is, most...

Times are changing

Oct 21, 2018 / 11:00 am

In 1921, Canadians lived, on average, 57.1 years. In 2011, the average age of a Canadian was 81.7 years. Let me save you from having to do the math. That is an...

Surfing your emotions

Oct 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

I am a clinically depressed happiness maven. From this statement you can probably tell that emotions play a big part in my life. This does not make me unique....

Be a drama-free zone

Oct 7, 2018 / 11:00 am

Are you one of those people, who like me have declared an end to drama in your life? Drama is the cornerstone of many books, television shows, and movies. The...

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