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The Happiness Connection

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...

Do you select ignorance?

Nov 1, 2020 / 11:00 am

An email landed in my box with the subject line Selective Ignorance. These two words did exactly what they were designed to do; they got my attention....

Obligated to have fun

Oct 25, 2020 / 11:00 am

Enough already! I’m tired of not being able to travel, visit distant family and friends, or go to concerts and plays. I feel like the fun has been sucked...

Ordinary people are special

Oct 18, 2020 / 11:00 am

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I help ordinary people live extraordinary lives. It flows off my tongue with grace and ease. That hasn’t always...

Time for gratitude

Oct 11, 2020 / 11:00 am

Depending on what Thanksgiving traditionally looks like for you, this year’s gathering may be a little different. I know mine will be. I can’t blame...

Your brain is a spin doctor

Oct 4, 2020 / 11:00 am

One of the biggest adjustments I had to make when I moved into my current home was getting used to the road noise. The sounds were distracting, and my dog was...

Watch for the gorilla

Sep 27, 2020 / 11:00 am

I’ve always been fascinated by the human mind. I can recall a psychology class from university when we were shown a short video of people throwing...

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