Raising A Compassionate Child

Zarah Tinholt | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zarah Tinholt

Parents model behaviour to their children, and children watch very closely. My dad taught me not to give money on the street, but if someone asked, we should treat them with complete, sincere dignity and take the time to offer them whatever it is they need. It can be inconvenient -- taking a stranger out for lunch and hearing their story, spending an extra 5 minutes buying someone groceries, giving someone our own mittens in the dead of winter, or perhaps giving someone a ride that is out of our way.

An Activist Is In Court, But It's Factory Farming On Trial

Miriam Porter | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Miriam Porter

Factory farming has been linked to huge environmental issues for years and now it's being played out issue by issue in an Ontario courtroom, all because a woman showed compassion towards pigs. So, think about it. Who is really on trial here?

Mental Illness And Teens: It Impacts Every One Of Us

Amy Gibson | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Amy Gibson

The fact is, mental illness impacts more of us than we realize. Sadly, only one out of five children who need mental health services receives them. That is heartbreaking and unacceptable. So many Canadian youth are struggling with depression and anxiety, and far too many aren't getting help. Too many young lives have been cut short. Madeline Grace German Coulter was one of them. That is why today The Huffington Post Canada is launching Frame Of Mind, a new blog series inspired by The Maddie Project that will focus on teens and mental health.

5 Thoughtful Ways To Raise Respectful Children

Tracy Gillett | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

One of a child's basic emotional needs is to be treated with respect. It sits at the heart of a strong parent-child connection, which is fundamental to healthy emotional development. We're capable of giving this to our children, but first, we need to recognize disrespectful behaviour and stamp it out before it jeopardizes our most precious relationships.

The World Needs Parents To Let Their Kids Fail

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Let kids fail young -- while they are still in their beta phase, adaptable and resilient. Let them struggle with a math problem. Let them audition for the lead role when you know they're likely to be cast as an understudy. Let them make mistakes that will build self-care and even empathy.

Why You Shouldn't Donate Physical Goods During A Disaster

Edward McIntyre | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Alberta
Edward McIntyre

I have been fortunate to be able to assist on the ground with disaster relief in communities across Alberta including the Slave Lake fire in 2011 and the Calgary floods in 2013, and I've learned that cash donations, even small ones, are by far the most effective way to help those recovering from a disaster.

Alberta's Budget Inspires, Newfoundland's Does Not

Jerry Dias | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

The NDP government of Rachel Notley is showing the rest of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador in particular, that when tough times hit, we look after each other. Across the country, the Liberal government of Dwight Ball is showing no such compassion, bringing in tax hikes and service cuts that hurt those with the lowest incomes most.

We Could All Be Chase Martens' Mom

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Campbell

I could see my four-year-old son playing on the slide, but my two-year-old son was out of sight -- not unusual as we had a very large, gated yard. I didn't even have time to cover myself before a woman came around the corner, a look of fury on her face and my two-year-old on her hip. "DO YOU KNOW WHERE I JUST FOUND YOUR CHILD?" she screeched.

The Rise Of Feminine Leadership

Paula Pyne | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

I believe that we're at a pivotal time in our history, where we get to rewrite the script to create a better world. A vision of a World that is kinder, supportive and compassionate, by embracing and embodying the feminine as a guide to becoming familiar with who we already are. As we become familiar with who we already are, we become gentler versions of ourselves and gentler on others. We all have a role to play.

A Good Doctor Knows The Power Of A Compassionate Diagnosis

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

The MRI showed that the number of lesions on his brain had doubled, and that the medication was not working. I immediately started to tear up and the genius doctor looked at me and then at my husband and said, "Graeme, I believe I have said something to upset your wife." This doctor was seriously intuitive.

Being More Compassionate Can Help You Succeed In 2016

Erica Berman | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Here's the thing. If we can convince ourselves that most people are doing the best they can, then eventually we have to realize that about ourselves. That, my friends, is the key. Because if someone is doing the best they can, can you really ask anything more?

The Paris Attacks Remind Us That We're All One

Marcia Sirota | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

We are all connected, even if the terrorists try their hardest to push us apart. Our true power comes not from hatred but from love; not from defensiveness or aggression but from compassion.

How To Really Be There For Someone Who Is Dying

Marcia Sirota | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've learned that when you want to support someone who's critically ill, loving them isn't enough; you have to meet them where they are. That means letting go of your wishful thinking, your denial, or your selfish need to put a positive spin on things and allowing the other person -- the one who's dying -- to set the tone.

Our Health-Care Systems Need More Compassion

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 10.08.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Finlay

The sense of disrespect many encounter in their efforts to protect a hospitalized loved one is often compounded by the emotional trauma that comes later with a feeling of abandonment in a sea of unanswered questions.

Love-Based Activism

Miriam Porter | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Living
Miriam Porter

A pink snout touches my hand gently. I peek in the truck to see the pig's face and she's crying. "I love you and I am sorry," I whisper through tears....

Understanding the Grief of Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 08.20.2016 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

Your world is no longer the same. There is no clock, no formula, no standard operating procedure. It takes as long as it takes. Your healing journey is unique to you. In grief, you remember and sift and sort through the good and not-so-good memories, feelings, history and artifacts of a life.

The Dalai Lama Sounds the Alarms for Sustainability

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada
Natalie Pace

A peacemaker for the ages walks among us. Whether he is blessing world leaders who are notorious for war, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, or speaking...

Does Professionalism Makes Us Less Kind?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

I want to work in a world where it's OK to really feel things, to shed a tear, to let it all out, to have a meltdown. Maybe not in the middle of a board meeting, but privately and with someone who feels safe.

Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want? Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank announced in May. For decades, we've heard that Canada is a "just society" -- based on equality and freedom for all upheld in laws. We've built our just society, but is Canada becoming a less compassionate one?

Government Spending Does Not Equal Compassion

Mark Milke | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

The assumption that government is best placed to care for us also overlooks a fundamental truth. Most people already care about people beyond their immediate circle. They express that care through kindness, volunteering, support for charities and in a thousand other ways. That's a more accurate and holistic understanding of compassion.

A Little Compassion and Empathy Can End Cyberbullying for Good

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Sandy Kiaizadeh

The Internet is without a doubt one of the greatest innovations of our time. It, along with social media, has allowed us to connect with loved ones and like-minded people. However, it has also created a climate where humiliation, trolling, and cyberbullying are as easy as standing on a virtual soap-box and snidely tapping a few keystrokes for the world to see. We each need to play our part in acting with empathy and compassion.

My 11-Year-Old Teaches Me Compassion Every Day

Keeley Milne | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Keeley Milne

"Stop the car!" My son's shout panicked both my friend, driving, and I, fearful we were about to collide with something or someone. Liam pointed out the window at a women who had just walked past us, struggling to carry a laughably insurmountable load of grocery bags and boxes. "I need to help her," said Liam. And he did.

Let's Have a Little Talk About Fair

Merry Kuchle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Merry Kuchle

As the mom of a son with some level of special needs, I am often a part of the "fair" conversation. Or at least the whispered conversations that go on around me. "Did you know that he gets to play Lego while the other kids do gym? That doesn't seem to be very fair!"

'Tis the Season to Slow Down, Chill Out

Paula Pyne | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

December is a time of slowing down and reflection. Contrary to what's happening where many are scraping up every last ounce of energy to meet end-of-y...

How to Support Someone Grieving Over the Holidays

Jane Blaufus | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

While for many the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, for others, they are dreading the oncoming festivities because they may mark the 1st, 5th or 50th season without a loved one. No matter what denomination they are or what holiday they celebrate, there is one common factor that binds all of them together: someone they loved is gone.