What Do We Teach Students In Times Like These?

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

In the past I've explained the psychological, sociological, cultural, political and evolutionary basis for human behaviour but, given recent events, I no longer believe that that's enough. My students, in the face of revent world events, want to know one thing in particular: they want to know why it's so hard for people to get along with other people.

The Borders Of Life

Linda Simpson | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Our personal lives, career, retirement, all have borders between one stage and another. They are full of a wide range of complex emotions.There is the border time between being single and being partnered. That time of excitement, anticipation leading up to the commitment.

For Baby Boomers, Time Keeps On Slippin'

Linda Simpson | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

I am a bona fide baby boomer. The phrase "I remember when" floats in my head fairly often these days, a sea of memory. Like time itself, those recollections expand and contract. Expand to include all of my life, contract to make it feel like only yesterday I was young.

Going Through A Divorce? You Must Read This Book

Linda Simpson | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Listening to a friend talk about their divorce, I pause and think -- this all sounds familiar. My friend details the lead up to her separation and there are so many similarities it's a bit unnerving. Same actions, same words, same behaviour. How is that possible? Turns out similarities are not even unusual but predictable, right down to the language a departing spouse might use.

Dear Bereaved Mama On Mother's Day

Jennifer Pitt | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Pitt

Parenting a child after the loss of a child is a daily struggle. You do your best to cherish every second, because who knows better than you how fleeting it can be? While your head is cherishing away, your heart is heavy with the feeling of abandoning your lost child's memory by being happy.

The Cottage Became An Integral Part Of My Post-Divorce Family

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

It's that time of year again. Cottage opening. Prompted by that movie 32 years ago, we scraped together some cash and bought the waterfront property of our dreams. Travelling down the dusty back roads of our town we found the perfect piece of land. A huge stand of birch trees and a view straight across the lake.

Courage Is A Deeply Rooted Faith In Our Human Connection

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As our muscles respond to stress by becoming at first strained and later stronger, so too do we build up our tolerance for withstanding adversity by allowing it space in our life. Courage rises to the fore when we adopt a new mindset, a new lens from which we approach our life.

It Is Time To Spring Clean Your Life

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

This year consider giving your whole life a thorough clean. Out with the old and in with the new. Think carefully about what you like and don't like about your life. Take some time and challenge yourself... What is working? What is not working?

What's Holding You Back In Life?

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

The gap between what we dream of doing and what we manage to do is often so big we can barely see the thing we want on the other side. How do people who live more adventuresome lives make their dreams happen? Answer: They use some very simple, very effective tools.

Why I'm A Conscientious Objector To Valentine's Day

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 02.14.2016 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

I'm all for feeling and expressing love, but the idea that we need an official day to remind us to do so is a bit sad. Really, Valentine's Day -- regardless of the saint behind it -- is a commercial construct whose purpose is to wrestle money from our guilty wallets, as we try to make up for the other 364 days we feel we failed to express our feelings sufficiently.

Sharing My Mental Health Story Was Tougher Than Olympic Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I felt like I was daring myself to cross some arbitrary line in the sand, and once I did, there would be no turning back. Canadians' perceptions of who I was, and certainly their knowledge of my life story, would be forever altered. Even if only a few dozen people heard my story, it felt big to share personally and publicly.

Make A Bolder, Colder Resolution To Give Clean Water

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

An exasperated mom told them to "go jump in the lake." Todd and Trent Courage did what their mother told them. And three decades later, funds raised by the hundreds of dippers running into Lake Ontario this January 1 are expected to bring the dip's lifetime total to $1.4 million dollars for water projects in Rwanda.

Dear Courageous Soul, Read This When You Need To Be Brave

Kyana Miner | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

Fear is a natural part of being alive. No matter how many mountains you climb, how many stages you perform on, how old and wise you become; there's always going to be something new. Something uncertain. Something that scares the shit out of you.

Fearlessness Doesn't Exist

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Everybody has fear. My particular brand of fear usually involves worrying about what people will think of me. Writing publicly about that fear now only punctuates it further. I care way too much about what people think of me and how I'm perceived. I like to say that I'm a recovering approval-seeker, but it's a long road, baby.

8 Steps to Overcoming the Fear of Not Being Good Enough

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

When was the last time you felt that you had to prove something to the people you love? When you feel that you're not good enough, you often find yourself in isolation, sitting in the dark room, abandoned and longing for love -- Here is the eight-step process for you to take on in order to never ever again be lost in the fear of not being enough.

What Courage Really Means

Kyana Miner | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

When we think of courage, we see a soldier, a fighter, or an athlete. Over the last few centuries, courage has been associated with masculinity, outward strength, and yang energy. This view has caused us to overlook some of the best parts of courage.

Love Can Be Better, The Second Time Around

TamilCulture | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living

Amidst the carnage of a failed marriage, as your days become consumed with prying the broken shards of glass from the wounds of a shattered life, it is hard to conceive that anyone will ever be worth the risk of going through all of this again. But a life without love is incomplete -- Love is always worth it.

As A Recovering Addict, I Admire People Who Pick up the Pieces

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

People often assume that the main problem of addiction comes down to an addict's lack of willpower or commitment. Although it may appear that way from the outside looking in, I would suggest the complete opposite is true. I say this because the addicts I've met in recovery are some of the most tenacious, resilient, and creative people on the planet.

What I Learned This Week: Why We Long For a Time When Trivial Matters Become Important

Andy Nulman | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

I have a friend who is currently going through the type of health-related family anguish you should never know... but given the way life (and death) w...

A Woman's Guide to the Impostor Syndrome

Kim Smiley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

I am not saying that we should not strive to be the very best people and professionals we can be. This is not a call to "lean out." By all means, let's strive to be amazing, but let's also aspire to be more gentle with ourselves and with others.

I Can Keep a Secret, Can You?

Kim Smiley | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

As a girl, a wise woman told me my eyes would elicit people's secrets throughout my life. I took her words to heart. From that day forward, I resolved to be a gatekeeper not a gossiper, and in some mystical way, like a magnetic field, her prophecy came true.

How to Work Through Your Fear of Flying

Alyson Jones | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Fear of flying is a common fear that many people struggle with. In my work as a therapist I have assisted several people develop coping strategies when it comes to flying. The main rule is "do not let fear stop you." Anxiety is natural, but when we give into fear it only gets worse. Here are a few tips any flyer can use:

What I Learned This Week: Screw the "Other People"

Andy Nulman | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Because of "other people," so many ideas are never brought to fruition, which prevents them from ever at all being brought to the people that really count. "Other people" are often the airbrakes on the bullet train of progress.

How Joining a Dance Class Helped Me Fight My Isolating Illness

Nicole Abi-Najem | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Abi-Najem

These past couple of years, my journey as a woman has been isolating and painful due to an illness. I continue on the journey of bleak medical hallways that offer little solace for what seems like a lonely affliction. But being in this dance class and seeing my instructor with a hospital patch on her chest and buzzed hair; I realize that in our weaknesses we are strong.

10 Life Lessons from History's Most Famous Artists

Kim Smiley | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Everybody's a critique. Paul Cézanne, the Post-Impressionist painter, was mercilessly ridiculed by critics when he exhibited with the Impressionists. Claude Monet's paintings were called "formless, unfinished and ugly." Aside from the art of perseverance, what can the greatest artists of all time teach us? Here are my top 10 takeaways.