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The Happiness Connection

You don't have to rely on others for your own happiness

You don't have to rely on others for your own happiness

Feb 18, 2024 / 11:00 am

I’m not a huge fan of awards shows, but this year I tuned into the Grammys because I wanted to see Joni Mitchell. What a performance. If you’re...

To be happy learn to control what you can, not what you can't

To be happy learn to control what you can, not what you can't

Feb 4, 2024 / 11:00 am

Happiness is a funny thing. We all know we want it in our life, but it can be a tricky thing to define and possibly even harder to conjure up. Part of the...

How do you handle change in your life?

How do you handle change in your life?

Jan 21, 2024 / 11:00 am

I do some of my best writing in coffee shops. I’m not sure what makes them such fertile environments for my thoughts, but they are. Perhaps it’s...

Ancient words for a modern age

Ancient words for a modern age

Jan 7, 2024 / 11:00 am

When I was in university, several of my friends were philosophy majors. Their reason for choosing a degree in philosophy was a complete mystery to me. Why would...

Curiosity aids our mental health

Curiosity aids our mental health

Dec 24, 2023 / 11:00 am

Did you know that having a strong sense of curiosity is considered a sign of good mental health? When humans are born, they’re naturally inquisitive. You...

Ways to to experience a better Christmas

Ways to to experience a better Christmas

Dec 10, 2023 / 12:00 pm

For the past few months, I’ve been carrying around a very specific idea about what my Christmas would be like this year. I was in England with my kids...

A new take on self-care

A new take on self-care

Nov 26, 2023 / 11:00 am

I recently ordered a beverage at my favourite coffee shop. When the barista asked me how my week was going, I paused and said it was a strange one. I’m...

A game for a happy brain

A game for a happy brain

Nov 12, 2023 / 11:00 am

I have a very busy brain. That’s not a bad thing, but occasionally it can be a problem, especially when I get stuck in a loop of negative thinking. Does...

The power of talking to yourself in the third person

The power of talking to yourself in the third person

Oct 29, 2023 / 11:00 am

Distancing: make (someone or something) far off or remote in position or nature. — Oxford Languages Do you remember the first time you heard the term...

Smile: What to do when happiness eludes you

Smile: What to do when happiness eludes you

Oct 15, 2023 / 11:00 am

Castanet is happy welcome back columnist Reen Rose, our self-styled happiness maven, after her summer hiatus. Going forward her column will appear every second...

Happiness Connection columnist on hiatus

Happiness Connection columnist on hiatus

May 17, 2023 / 10:58 am

Reen Rose's is on hiatus until the fall. Her weekly column, The Happiness Connection, which appears every Sunday, will return then.

How kindness reduces wrinkles

How kindness reduces wrinkles

Apr 9, 2023 / 11:00 am

I was reminded on recently when we were at Costco buying a storage shed, just how many kind people there are in our community. The box with the unassembled shed...

Nothing as tempting as temptation itself

Nothing as tempting as temptation itself

Apr 2, 2023 / 11:00 am

I’m not sure how I attract, and am attracted to, men who have great metabolisms and can eat pretty much anything they want without gaining weight....

Don't measure yourself by the achievements of others

Don't measure yourself by the achievements of others

Mar 26, 2023 / 11:00 am

When I first started teaching in England, I loved the idea of school uniforms. I’d seen how cruel students could be about the clothes their classmates...

Why a shower helps solve some problems

Why a shower helps solve some problems

Mar 19, 2023 / 11:00 am

In my last home I had an amazing shower. It was one of my favorite features in the entire house. I came to view it as a magic portal to clarity and creativity....

What every woman should know

What every woman should know

Mar 12, 2023 / 11:00 am

On Facebook last week, I came across a post from my friend Pamela. She shared “What Every Woman Should Know” by author Pamela Redmond Satran. It...

Why we should embrace aging

Why we should embrace aging

Mar 5, 2023 / 11:00 am

Whatever the date on your birth certificate, there’s something we all share. We’re aging and that seems to be an easier process for some than...

The power of naming your emotions

The power of naming your emotions

Feb 26, 2023 / 11:00 am

Humans are programmed to pay more attention to problems than to the things that make them happy. It’s part of our drive to survive. In more primitive...

Are you limited or limitless?

Are you limited or limitless?

Feb 19, 2023 / 11:00 am

I wonder what life would be like if you believed you could do anything you put your mind to. Maybe you already have that level of self-belief. If so,...

Not on you to-do list? Not a problem

Not on you to-do list? Not a problem

Feb 12, 2023 / 11:00 am

I love making lists. It’s been an important part of my work process for as long as I can remember. So, imagine my distress when I happened upon a blog...

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