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The Happiness Connection

Why some people like to be scared

Oct 24, 2021 / 11:00 am

Do you love Halloween? I know people who start looking forward to it on Nov. 1. Unfortunately, I don’t share their enthusiasm. It’s not my favourite...

The benefits of learning something new

Oct 17, 2021 / 11:00 am

• 30 minutes a day of complaining can physically damage your brain • People who constantly check their emails are less happy than those who check them...

Easy to use social media as a platform to criticize

Oct 10, 2021 / 11:00 am

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. It has the ability to bring out the best and the worst in people. I love that it allows me to stay connected...

Remembering the past helps frame the future

Oct 3, 2021 / 11:00 am

He was in the air division with the RCMP and was stationed in Churchill, Man. This meant he had firsthand contact with the Indigenous people of the North. The...

Age really can just be a number for some people

Sep 26, 2021 / 11:00 am

I’d like to start by asking you to look at the photo that accompanies this week’s column. Would it surprise you to know that the ages of these...

Find peace amongst the chaos around us

Sep 19, 2021 / 6:00 am

September 21 is the U.N. International Day of Peace. Peace may feel like a foreign concept at the moment, with Covid-19 and a national election campaign raging....

It's good to be more than a little curious

Sep 12, 2021 / 11:00 am

Last night, I was reading a piece in the Globe and Mail, about Laylah Fernandez. She’s the nineteen-year-old Canadian who advanced to the U.S. Open tennis...

When it comes to vaccines, make your choice but respect others

Sep 5, 2021 / 11:00 am

I don’t know about you, but my heart is heavy. The pandemic has been bad enough in its own right, but the division that’s been instigated by the...

Resisting change is futile

Aug 29, 2021 / 11:00 am

Technically, September isn’t the start of a new year, but in my head, it is. I guess with being either a student, a teacher, or parent of school-aged...

Your walk of shame

Aug 22, 2021 / 11:00 am

Have you ever been in a situation that left you wanting the ground to open and swallow you up? Of course, you have. You’re human. Some people are more...

Post-lockdown travel plans

Aug 15, 2021 / 11:00 am

How many times have you had to listen to the COVID-19 protocol questions? Asking them is standard at places like the hospital, assisted living residences, and...

Feeling down? Change it up

Aug 8, 2021 / 11:00 am

I’m a fan of watching the Olympics. I often clear my calendar as much as possible so I can enjoy the competitions. But this year was different, like it...

The word of our time

Aug 1, 2021 / 11:00 am

Inclusivity: the fact or policy of not excluding members or participants on the grounds of gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, etc. (Dictionary.com) It...

Ditch distorted body view

Jul 25, 2021 / 11:00 am

What do you see when you look in a mirror? Do you appreciate the face that stares back at you, or do you find fault with it? How about when you look at your...

'Bad' feelings are OK, too

Jul 18, 2021 / 11:00 am

Enough is enough! I’ve been a good sport. I’ve remained optimistic through a broken ankle, COVID, more COVID, still more COVID, and a heat wave. Now...

When it's too hard to watch

Jul 11, 2021 / 11:00 am

I enjoy watching a wide variety of sports, as long as I have a vested interest in who wins. I guess you could say I’m a fan rather than a sports...

Success is being happy

Jul 4, 2021 / 11:00 am

I’ve recently discovered an amazing sense of freedom. It’s come with the conscious decision to stop needing to be successful. This is a radically...

A new lockdown

Jun 27, 2021 / 11:00 am

This heatwave has caused me to make some changes in my usual routine. I get up, feed my dog, and then set out for our main walk of the day. I want to protect...

Speak my language

Jun 20, 2021 / 11:00 am

One of the greatest skills you can ever learn is the art of communication. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have the world’s biggest vocabulary....

The uniqueness of you

Jun 13, 2021 / 11:00 am

Anomaly: something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected. — Oxford Dictionaries Last week, someone suggested I am an anomaly. She was...

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