Canada Happiness

Be Creative or Die Inside

Lacey Haynes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lacey Haynes

I have experienced firsthand the internal withering that comes from slinking away from a creative existence. I have also felt the expansiveness, the joy and delight that comes from choosing imagination and possibility. I don't think it's too dramatic or petulant to say that life without imagination sucks.

LOOK: Canada's Happiest Cities

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Travel

What’s the happiest city in Canada? Jetpac City Guides might have an answer. The app, which analyzes Instagram photos to produce city guides, pro...

Go Ahead, Make Their Day: How To Brighten Someone Else's Life

Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Like paddleboats and appetizer platters, happiness is meant to be shared. Luckily, it doesn’t take a grand gesture or an all-expenses-paid trip to t...

Do You Really Want 365 Days of Happiness?

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

How many times has that happened over the past few days? Who can count? Even strangers in the park wish me a Happy New Year. We say it without thinking, a greeting by rote, bred somewhere in our response genes. But truly, 365 days of happiness? Think about it. Is that what we truly would wish for ourselves or for others?

The Art of Enjoying Life

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

In Hinduism, appreciation of life is viewed as an art one learns through maturity of thought and experience. In contrast, in western countries there i...

Did Last Year Slip By? Try These Time Warping Strategies

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Time really does speed up as we age. Decide, as you set goals for the New Year, to add novelty into your life. What can we all do to mess with time in a meaningful way? Consider these warping strategies.

Five Workplace Trends To Watch in 2014

r/ally | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Business
r/ally

What can we expect in 2014? Here are five themes I touched on this year which will continue to receive greater attention in the New Year.

Share Your Holiday Stories

Deri Latimer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Ali and Max 2000 Christmas morning, 2000. Max was 3 and Ali was 6. Our tradition had been (and still is) that Randy headed downstairs to turn on the...

'Tis the Season to Speak Virtuously

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Neil Seeman

"What did ya get?" "What did ya get?" I remember a holiday party as a child where two teenage boys hopped onto the telephone in the basement after a p...

Do You Know This Trick to Life? It's More Than Mere Happiness

Eoin Finn | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

I like to tell this story because I feel that our job as yoga instructors is to do what artists, poets, and priests do; to remind us of the great truth that to cling only to sweet as our only form of happiness is a trap. Sorrow teaches us about love and even bliss... if we let it. Ultimately, we can't share the light if we aren't cracked open.

A Wonderful Life: Things That Made You Happy Each Decade

Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Happiness comes in all forms: sleeping in on the weekends, seeing a chubby pug puppy waddle by, playing a game of Go Fish with a family member. But th...

The Secrets of Happy People

Dr. Jamie Gruman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jamie Gruman

Most of the time I ate chocolate bars without much thought. In fact, I'd often half-consciously find a wrapper in my hand without any real memory of eating a chocolaty treat. The ease with which I could afford chocolate bars had caused me to appreciate and savour them less. I came to think of this phenomenon as the cost of convenience -- a failure to appreciate things.

How I Prepare to Teach a Yoga Class

Eoin Finn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

You may think yogis are as non-judgmental as some of the spiritual texts would have you believe. The reality is this is a crowded profession. At yoga festivals like this, people give you just one chance. As a presenter if you give a mediocre class or have an off day, the word of mouth that this guy's class was "just ok" will filter through the festival and attendance will be low.

Stop Trying to Escape Workplace Happiness

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
r/ally

How do we manage to get into so many situations that make us unhappy? It never ceases to amaze me how my career-driven friends and acquaintances continue to make choices they know will render them miserable. Admittedly, I'm not immune to this condition.

I've Wasted Most of My Life Hating My Nose -- No More

Anne Theriault | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

I've been thinking a lot about this interview with Lisa Kudrow about the nose job she got when she was in high school. My first thought is that I want to go back in time and hug teenaged Lisa Kudrow. Most of all, I want to tell her that I get it, because I've been there. I feel sad that I've spent most of my adult life feeling so goddamn unattractive.

How Good a Person Are You?

r/ally | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

How good are you? It's not the sort of question you read every day in a news outlet but according to a recent survey, 77 per cent of Americans believe that being a good person is extremely important while only 41 per cent feel they are on the right track.

Choose to Surround Yourself With The "Right" People

Lynda Fishman | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada
Lynda Fishman

When I was faced with horrific tragedy as a young teen, and was drowning in a mixture of emotions, my "life jacket" was the belief and faith that some...

VIDEO: Top 5 Flu Fighting Remedies

Meghan Telpner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

You'd think by now we would be aware enough about "cold and flu season" to start acting well in advance to stay on our game -- our health game, that is. Whether you get the vaccine or not is your choice, but real prevention will always be your best defence. Today on Meghan TV, our functional medicine specialist Josh Gitalis shares his top five Flu Fighting Remedies.

Eight Choices That Will Make You Happier

Lynda Fishman | Posted 12.15.2013 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

As I reflect on my past experiences, I understand and have internalized the importance of making positive choices. I know that I generalize, but I truly believe that the more choices we make, the more alive we feel, and the more alive we feel, the healthier our choices.

THIS Is How You Become Happier

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada Living

iPhones and other gadgets can be useful, but they don't make us happy -- but people and human relationships do, at least according to a new Swedish st...

How I Ended Up Living Happily Ever After

Lynda Fishman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

Barry and I were both 17 when we met. We had just finished high school. I was dealing with my tragedy -- the death of my mother and two younger sisters. Barry was an orphan, responsible for his older brother with special needs. And there we stood, in the "Land of Oz" at the start of the "Yellow Brick Road" -- the beginning of our journey together.

Take a Picture, It'll Last Longer

Deri Latimer | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

If you are at all like me -- and at times have inadvertently stared at someone else -- you likely heard the remark "Take A Picture, It'll Last Longer." Well, guess what! That experience and saying now has a whole new -- and positive -- connotation.  

In Business, You Can Still Be Kind

Mitch Joel | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

While the philosophy of why we work continues to evolve and modernize, it still feels like we hold on to the dogma of what business is supposed to be. Perhaps with all of this moral awakening, sharing on social media, connecting to others and events like Occupy Wall Street or the Arab Spring, we should be paying closer attention to the human bottom line rather than the financial one?

Even as Adults, We Should Still 'Sing Like No One's Listening'

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

This somewhat over-used suggestion about "singing like no one is listening" and "dancing like no one is watching" is simply a poetic way to say, "seize the day," and there are many ways to do that. Want to know a secret? Sometimes I do burst into song. Are you ready to give it a try?

A Midsummer Check-In on My 2013 Resolutions

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada
Natasha Koifman

Last week's Summer Solstice marked the time of year when the sun reaches its most northern position, resulting in our longest days with the most sunlight we'll experience all year. It's also the halfway mark in our calendar year -- midsummer -- making it a perfect time to check in on those resolutions we made way back in the short, dark days of January.