Canada Happiness

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.

Does "Everything in Moderation" Really Work?

Meghan Telpner | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

We love to rationalize our own behaviour as being OK in moderation. Eating well 80 per cent of the time doesn't balance out with getting that Big Mac at the drive through to reward yourself for eating organic salad all week. It's no longer about 80/20 and moderation. It becomes about making decisions that honour ourselves, our family, our community and our environment.

Money Can Buy Happiness When You Invest in Giving

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Imagine if someone walked up to you on the street today and handed you a $20 bill. You'd probably be pretty happy, right? That will get you a good lunch. But you'd be even happier if you used the $20 to buy someone else lunch. It's true, and it's been scientifically proven.

The Happiest Generation In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Living

Generation Y may get giddy about the latest nerdy gadgets and viral cat videos, but it turns out Canada's oldest population also has something to smil...

Why the Older You Are, the Happier You Get

Neil Seeman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

There is one inalienable truth about happiness. Grumpy old men, and women, are not grumpy whatsoever -- contrary to popular myth. In fact, this truth remains the most contrarian of all research on happiness, and, to the best of my knowledge, is still the most evidence-based.

Six New Things I've Learned About Happiness

Meghan Pearson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

Stefan Sagmeister is bringing his happy to Toronto. I had the opportunity to attend the opening night gala of his exhibition "The Happy Show" in early January. Here, a brief look into how I interpreted the exhibit, and the top six things I learned about all things cheerful, sunny, and full of delight.

Life Lessons From My Twenties

Lisa Jackson | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

When I was 20, I lived with my parents and didn't even have a driver's license. I've come a long way since then. I've travelled to 20 countries. And I'm still pursuing my dream of becoming a writer. Here are my life lessons from surviving my twenties.

Emergency Bad Mood Buster Items You Can Use Anytime

Everyday Health | Elizabeth Shimer Bowers | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Living

By Elizabeth Shimer Bowers; Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD You’ve got your life’s essentials tucked into your tote, but do you h...

The One Thing I Need to Be Truly Happy

Vicki Murphy | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

The other day, over a lunch-time pint, someone asked me to name the number-one thing I absolutely need to be happy. Now that's a heavy question. What's the one thing I need to be happy? Above all else, I need to be myself. It's simple logic. How can you be happy if you're not being yourself?

Don't Wait for Life to Be "Perfect" -- Be Happy

Meghan Pearson | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

I have been in a perpetual state of anxiety about the future. When I get those jeans, nab that boyfriend, lose those 10 pounds, learn that dance move, I will be happy. I have always had this sinking feeling that I was waiting for something to make my life perfect. But my life IS perfect. I have a life after all, and every single second is beautiful and precious and needs to be acknowledged and given great attention.