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The Happiness Connection

Enjoy what is

Apr 11, 2021 / 11:00 am

Everyone’s life is full of ups and downs. Optimists try to focus on the ups and remind themselves that the downs have a purpose and won’t last...

Don't lose faith

Apr 4, 2021 / 11:00 am

Recently, I was reminded yet again of how other people’s reactions to things you say and do, often have absolutely nothing to do with you. I try to find...

Death dues

Mar 28, 2021 / 11:00 am

I love this time of year. I look closely at my garden every morning to see what new buds are forming. I enjoy watching everything spring back to life. This...

Dealing with death

Mar 7, 2021 / 11:00 am

The topic that’s top of mind for me this week is death. My dad has lived for almost 93 years. He’s had adventures, challenges, and amazing...

Are you ready for the shot?

Feb 28, 2021 / 11:00 am

The hopes of many have been focused on a COVID-19 vaccine for a year now. Finally, the reality of receiving an inoculation is getting closer and closer. How do...

Balancing your needs

Feb 21, 2021 / 11:00 am

Of a life full of decisions, the hardest ones are often those that involve other people. As my parents progress through their 90s, they need more and more...

COVID fatigue taking over

Feb 14, 2021 / 11:00 am

A change is as good as a rest. Recently, I had an unexpected reminder of this sentiment. When it comes to writing my column, I get my weekly inspiration from...

Be your own Valentine

Feb 7, 2021 / 11:15 am

Whenever I think about February, I see pink, red, and hearts in my mind’s eye. How did one day take over an entire month? I don’t think about green...

Life altering affirmations

Jan 24, 2021 / 11:00 am

Do you believe you create your own reality? I don’t want to go too far down the reality rabbit hole. I’m referring to the fact that what you believe...

Happy ways to get healthier

Jan 17, 2021 / 11:00 am

As I was reading positive psychology studies published in 2020, I found one that captured my attention. Kostadin Kushlev, of Georgetown University, worked with...

One barrel at a time

Jan 10, 2021 / 11:00 am

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re a fan of the IIHF world junior hockey championship, you’ll understand that the above...

Colour-blind consciousness

Jan 3, 2021 / 11:17 am

On Christmas day, after my parents had been returned home and the kitchen cleaned, I collapsed on the couch and looked for something to entertain me. I turned...

Choosing the right word

Dec 27, 2020 / 11:00 am

I’m pretty sure the universe has a sense of humour. I’m equally certain, it’s been laughing at me this year. Rather than setting resolutions...

Life is fragile; treasure it

Dec 20, 2020 / 11:00 am

I marvel at how a chance meeting can lead to a magical connection with another person. Five or six years ago, I was asked to participate in a fashion show to...

Happy, not merry Christmas

Dec 13, 2020 / 11:00 am

In England, instead of wishing people a Merry Christmas, it’s customary to say Happy Christmas. The sentiment is the same, but for some reason, swapping...

The pain of waiting

Dec 6, 2020 / 11:00 am

When I was in my 40s, I decided to do the London MoonWalk. This is a fundraising event for breast cancer research. You power walk the London marathon route at...

Should you wear a mask?

Nov 29, 2020 / 11:00 am

When I was married, my husband and I strongly disagreed about whether he was a pessimist or a realist. We never resolved this debate. Despite the time we spent...

Success secrets

Nov 22, 2020 / 11:00 am

Are you successful? Did an answer immediately spring to mind, or did you have to think about it for a while? What criteria did you use to reach your conclusion?...

Your purpose is to be happy

Nov 15, 2020 / 10:00 am

I’ve spent more time than I can count searching for purpose. I started when I decided to embrace the life of an entrepreneur. I wanted to speak on stages,...

Winners quit?

Nov 8, 2020 / 11:00 am

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” — Thomas Edison This is just...

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