Canada Happiness

Do You Have A Life Plan?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

We all have at least a vague idea of how our lives should look like. Most goals we set for ourselves are short- or mid-term. A long-range game plan or grand design is much harder to follow. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't take a closer look at what's in the cards for us from time to time.

Do You Get Enough Vitamin N?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

You find yourself breathing more deeply, taking in the sharp scent of pine and the sweet mustiness of leaves returning to dust on the forest floor beneath your feet. For a moment, the quiet is broken only by birdsong -- the notes that signalled the absence of predators nearby to generations of your ancestors -- and your pulse rate slows. Some neglected part of you is home, and you realize you've left your worries somewhere between your front door and this moment. This is the power of nature.

You Need To Love Yourself

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

Pushing yourself and trying new things are all part of the weight loss transformation journey. It is all about the journey, never the destination. I now know that I can always work on certain aspects in my life and still continue to love myself. Whether it is trying new workouts or meditating, I will always be developing into a better person.

What Fear Can Do To You

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The human species could not have survived for long without the experience of fear. The ability to identify certain events and situations as dangerous and respond appropriately is essential for our existence. But these responses are meant to be rare and short-lived. If we cannot switch off this built-in alarm system of ours, it will quickly exhaust us, even turn against us.

How Some People Find Happiness After A Trauma

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Years ago, an emergency doctor mentioned something that always stayed with me. Despite having spent his career treating people who had, in many cases, barely survived major traumas, he said many were happier people afterwards. How is it that someone could go through something so difficult and be happier?

You're An Artist, Why Not Act Like One?

Ron Tite | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Ron Tite

Artists can teach you everything you need to know about being creative. Don't worry, don't get your Dockers in a twist. You don't need to actually sculpt or paint or perform an expressive dance. You just have to think like those who do.

Treat Your Life Like A Road Trip

Sharon Stokes | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Sharon Stokes

We've all heard the phrase 'life is a journey'. What if we took it one step further and looked at life as the ultimate road trip with your Life Map helping you navigate the way. After studying my own life I can clearly see how all the different experiences, events and people have shaped me and have led me to where I am today.

Why Being Happy Is Important

Collette Gee | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Some people believe that happiness comes from filling our days with fun things to do. While others think that happiness is the absence of negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions. When it comes to defining happiness, I do not believe we can summarize happiness into a single concept. 

Jennifer Aniston Isn't The Only One Feeling Societal Pressure To Have A Baby

Deepi Harish | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

Society doesn't just pressure Aniston, this is the case for millennial women, specifically South Asian millennial women, like myself. A handful of my female friends and I fit into the following category: we're in our 30s, independent, outgoing, have careers, side interests and side hustles, but we can't seem to find a life partner that will truly be our ride or die.

5 Tips For A Happier State Of Mind

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada
Sandy Kiaizadeh

I've made no secret of the fact that I am someone who has a history with depression and eating disorders; in fact I've written about this here and her...

For A Happier Relationship, Lead By Example

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Don't wait for your partner to give you what you need. And don't waste your energy complaining. Instead, give HIM what YOU need and he'll demonstrate the same behaviour in return.

I Came Out As Transgender, And I've Never Been Happier

Lia Kendall | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Lia Kendall

You might know that the number one word associated with being transgender is "dysphoria," a vague medicalized word used ascribed to transgender people to describe how mirrors and people you thought were your friends now make you cry. But another common word I've heard transgender people use to describe themselves is "monster." I knew to expect all that pain before I told a single person. But what nobody had prepared me for was the joy.

Gord Downie's Doctor Talks Life, Hope And High Fives

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

We know that time may be limited but that's no reason to stop living. So we celebrate that. Every good scan we have a little party or a high-five or a hug. Hugs are common in our clinic. There's much more happiness than people would expect.

4 Scientifically-Proven Ways To Be Happy

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

You may not think that science has ventured into just how we acquire the old "syrup of yahoo," but it has. You may also think that what makes people happy differs greatly from one person to the next, but we are surprisingly homogeneous in our tastes. If you're not making the most out of every day, here's some proven ways to motivate more mirth.

This Nugget Of Wisdom Is The Real Key To Happiness

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.

I wish I had followed this advice years ago; it would have given me a huge headstart on my pursuit of happiness. But I know it now, and I'm passing it on to you. After many years as a psychologist committed to making New Yorkers' lives happier, I've arrived at the conclusion that the single best piece of advice for finding greater happiness

Helpful Or Unhelpful: What Thoughts Will You Think Today?

Deri Latimer | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

We can call choose thoughts that help us achieve our outcomes, that help to move us toward what we want, and that help us be smarter and more resourceful, no matter what comes our way. So, connect with yourself (your thoughts) and connect with other people.

I've Made The Choice To Live Joyfully

Jacki Andre | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Living
Jacki Andre

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I'm 45 years old. I'm single. I've never been in a committed relationship. I don't have kids. My parents both died when I was in my mid-30s. I've been estranged from my oldest sister for about 20 years. I have profound hearing loss, due to deformed cochleas, and I identify as "hard of hearing."

17 Ways To Become Incredibly Creative And Productive

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Some people are extremely creative and productive. They're prolific writers, painters and musicians; they're visionary designers, architects and speakers. It's as though they experience no obstacles to producing a constant flow of high-quality work. Some people are just lucky and their productivity comes naturally. The rest of us can learn their secrets and discover, for ourselves, that amazing state of flow.

6 Career Lessons Your Cat Is Trying To Teach You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Have you ever seen your cat burned out? Of course you haven't. That's because he's a MASTER relaxer. Lounging in the sun, having a little stretch, a big yawn, an afternoon nap (they don't call it a cat nap for nothing) -- your cat really knows how to chill. So learn from it.

April Showers Bring May Flowers: What Possibilities Will Begin To Sprout For You?

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Your thoughts are "April showers". What you allow to take up residence in your mind impacts what will bloom (or not) in your life.

How Does Practicing Gratitude Actually Work?

Meghan Telpner | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Sometimes a gratitude practice comes easy, like when you're sipping kombucha margaritas beach side in a tropical paradise, or your kids decide to keep themselves busy and let you sleep in until the midday hour of 8 a.m. For most of us, though, a gratitude practice is anything but easy.

There's A Difference Between Being 'Nice' And Being Kind

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The truth is that if you're a people-pleaser, you've been using the people in your life to compensate for something that's been missing within you; you've been focused on getting others to meet a need, rather than on creating real connections. This might explain why you're not as happy as you could be, today.

6 Strategies To Add Some Bounce To Your Step This Spring

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

It's almost spring! A time of birth, of renewal, and awakening! Here are six strategies to help you bounce (or 'spring') into spring!

Happiness Is Not Getting What You Want

Jennifer Branco | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jennifer Branco

If you are able to appreciate your family, friends, colleagues and the blessings you have received without constantly looking over the wall to see if the grass is greener on the other side, you may have actually found happiness. So, why are so many people unhappy?

Why Playing It Safe Is Actually A Myth

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

You can always be fired, downsized, or replaced. Your company could fold. The economy could tank. Depressing, I know. But, oddly enough, it's also empowering. Knowing there's no 100% guarantee frees you from pressure fall in line, fly under the radar, cave to the pressure, and suck it up, all for the sake of "security."