Canada Happiness

5 Telltale Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job

Cheryl Muir | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Business
Cheryl Muir

Have you reached the glass ceiling at work and see no room for growth? Are you grumpy even when you're not in the office? Are you living for the weekend? Can't wait for 5 p.m. and counting the days till your next vacation? For the love of all things holy, stop wishing your life away and do something you enjoy!

I Hugged a Tree and I Liked It

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

When I discovered the German word Waldensemkite -- the feeling of peace that one gets when being alone in the woods -- it made me wonder how real are these experiences? Did this invisible forest mist have an impact on me? As a scientist, I relish the experiment. So for one week, I would spend at least five minutes maximizing the human/tree interface, i.e. tree hugging.

You Can Realize True Happiness Through Mindfulness Meditation

Charles Francis | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Living
Charles Francis

In the practice of mindfulness, we take a different approach to finding happiness. Instead of trying to please our senses, we seek to eliminate the sources of our unhappiness. You can find happiness right here and now when you learn how to keep yourself grounded in the present moment.

How's Your 'Thumbnail'?

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

I am always amazed how the thumbnail options from which I have to choose are almost inevitably ones that are less than flattering. My mouth is wide open, my eyes are closed, or I have an expression on my face that would frighten small children! How's your thumbnail, right now? Is it a picture of approachability? Is it a message of openness?

What Do We Mean When We Say Someone Is "Successful"?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

I have nothing against the word success or even it's traditional definition. It's just a word, after all. But let's call it what it is. It's a benchmark for performance and attainment -- a measuring stick. Tangible metrics are important and have their place, particularly in the business world. But if you're looking for personal fulfillment, it's not likely that traditional measures of success are going to get you there.

10 things to keep in mind about happiness

Michael Møller | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Michael Møller

When was the last time you were bursting with joy? Can you think of moments when the entire world around you can stop right there and you wouldn't eve...

Losing it Less and Choosing Happiness More

The Purple Fig | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

One day, after the fourteenth emotional breakdown from one of my two young boys, I found myself preaching the idea of happiness being a choice: "Choose happiness! It's a choice. You have the control!"

Women in Leadership: It's a Matter of Life and Death

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

More women need to step up, lean in, and otherwise support and encourage each other to assume more leadership roles. Not only because we are 50 per cent of the workforce, but because it only makes sense that we will create a happier, healthier, and more productive country when we -- men and women together -- utilize our collective intelligence and maximize our opposing strengths.

Are You Ready For ReWIREment?

Deri Latimer | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

To me, rewiring is all about continually moving toward creating the kind of life you want to live. It is about choosing thoughts that help you to experience your life to the fullest. What thoughts can serve you well as you look ahead to the next phase of your life? Here are a few ideas to consider.

How to Get Your Mojo Back After a Failure

Tanya Raheel | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

The reality is that rebounding and finding your mojo once more after a significant setback, failure or loss involves a lot more than simply "shaking it off" no matter what Taylor Swift says. It takes some essential and necessary stages and actions that if missed will keep you stuck, and stop you from learning and growing from the experience, which no matter how unpleasant is a rich opportunity for personal growth.

How to Hit the Spiritual "Reset Button" in Your Life

Debra Macleod | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

As a couples mediator, January is always an extra-busy month for my practice. There is always a wave of clients seeking to improve their relationships and family lives so that the new year is a happier one than the old year was. They want to hit the reset button in their lives.

How To Find Clarity In The Face Of Life's Big Questions

The Reply | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

It's exhausting, this constant pressure that exists in the "real world." We're making decisions today that outline the rest of our lives. The choices we make now help us discover who we are, what we want in life, where we live and what people we want to spend our time with. How do you know which path is best? The truth is, you don't.

9 Ways to Make It The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Deri Latimer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Yes, it is that most wonderful time of the year. For many of us it is a time to connect with people we love and care about, and to take time to rest and rejuvenate before a new year begins. Sometimes, it is also a very stressful time of year. There are gifts to buy, cards to mail, and cookies to make -- and those things can take away from the positivity of the season.

What No One Tells You About Pursuing Your Business Dream

Jordan Whelan | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Business
Jordan Whelan

We are a society who enjoys our comforts, living on a flat trajectory of cost of living increases and certainty. Somewhere along the line many of us stopped dreaming and pivoted to filling our brains with weekend countdowns, effectively rushing along our lives when all we have to work with is time.

Buying Less Stuff Can Actually Make You More Happy

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

Most people who follow these simple steps soon discover they can live on much less. They turn away from consumerism, and lead happier, more focussed lives. They stop being human doings and once again become human beings. Some even discover financial independence. Equally important, their impact on the planet is dramatically reduced. Win, win, win.

Quit the Fat Talk

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Contrary to popular belief, disliking your body does not encourage meaningful healthy lifestyle change. Many studies have shown that being ashamed or unhappy with your shape does little to encourage you to be more active or eat better. In fact, for some people, it can fuel unhealthy lifestyles and disordered eating such as binging.

Is Your Stuff Bringing You Down? Get Rid of It!

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

This weekend I got rid of about 20 per cent of the crap in my closet. And it felt FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC. Included in the purge: every pair of high heels that hurts my feet, anything beige, a briefcase that I hate, and pretty lace underwear that I love but is TOO SMALL. Because, really, who needs a daily reminder that your ass used to be smaller?

Take That Next Step and Start Living Your Potential

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Natasha Koifman

We all make choices in our lives every day -- some big, some small. We need to decide where to live, who to date, what job to take, how to brand ourselves...and we often base these decisions on short-term gratifications like what makes us happy for the moment, what seems more exciting or what is most profitable at the time. But I believe the key to success is focusing on long-term LIFE goals instead.

Ban These 'Fitness Phrases' From Your Vocabulary... Forever

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.27.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I'm not under any false assumptions that our society's completely unrealistic, unproductive and unhealthy beauty standard will change anytime soon, but I do think that we can start by calling it something different in our own lives. We can change our script, our vocabulary, our vernacular; change our own points of view, if not that of others.

5 Healthy Habits I Adopted in my 30s

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I've always touted myself as a health conscious person with a passion for fitness, but it is only in the recent years that I realize I've been doing things and thinking about things all wrong. Here are a few of the good health habits I've adopted in my 30s.

How Being Vulnerable at Work Can Work for You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Whether it's making amends with a colleague, asking for a raise, requesting help, admitting you don't understand, or going for the promotion, good things can happen when you take down your walls. Yes, bad things can happen too, and there is the risk of disappointment.

12 Ways to Get Your Life Together This September

Notable.ca | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Living
Notable.ca

Though we may be all grown up, it seems the whole "back to school" vibe of September continues to follow us into our young professional (YP) years. An...

15 Reasons To Feel Better About Summer Ending

Notable.ca | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Notable.ca

Well, it's been a summer for the books. And as much as the fact that the looming unofficial last weekend of summer remains in the back of our minds t...

How to Keep Your Personal Brand True to You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

For some, the idea of building a personal brand feels a little, well, icky. You might wonder, How do you build a personal brand without feeling like you're selling your soul? Actually, selling your soul is exactly what you should do. Stick with me, here...

Want To Be Happy? It's All Math (No, Seriously)

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living

A mathematical formula to assess happiness, based on the rewards people receive with respect to their expectations, has been developed by researchers ...