Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.

How To Make Decisions Without Distress

Susan Valentine | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

When we feel stuck, our usual tactics -- giving ourselves more time, assessing pros and cons, soliciting our friends for advice -- don't really help, and in fact, can escalate our anxiety.

5 Tips to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Counselling should push you and test your limits, and help you understand your strengths and vulnerabilities. It may be uncomfortable and exhausting at times, but in the same way a good work out feels good physically, a good psychological workout can be deeply, emotionally satisfying.

How I Coped Through Illness and Injury

Cheryl Muir | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

Two months ago, I was in a car accident. I was rear-ended at 60kph by a guy driving recklessly behind me. This split-second action threw me into a tailspin of injuries, endless medical appointments and insurance headaches galore.

How Scents Can Change Your Mood for the Better

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Scent has the ability to impact well-being in a very powerful way. Our olfactory centre is directly linked to the emotional and memory centres in our brain, which are all bound up in the limbic system, the most ancient part of the brain. This means when we smell we literally feel and create memories.

Why Emotions Are Important When Making Decisions

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I was recently at a restaurant and overheard the patrons to my right having a discussion. One of them said: "You should never make decisions out of fear." Everyone at the table seemed to nod approvingly at this piece of advice.

If you Make Clients Feel Good, They'll Keep Coming Back

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

It's great to work with someone who makes you feel important. Someone who remembers your name, and maybe that you have a dog named Brownie or that you recently took a vacation to Florida. When you work with someone like that, the time seems to fly and you look forward to working with them again.

How I Fixed My Foot-in-Mouth Moment

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

Sometimes all we need to do is wait for the entire message to make it to our brain before we share what is on our mind. However, sometimes we aren't that patient and when we mess up, we must own the misunderstanding and we must fix it. Then, don't do it again!

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.

Are You Ready for Back-To-School Shopping?

Anita Saulite | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada
Anita Saulite

The average family with school age children will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics, according to research from the National Retail Federation. This is a lot of money, given that these monies will come out of your September budget. It's time for a strategy and plan.

There's Nothing Wrong With Feeling Depressed Every Once in a While

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

It is not uncommon for new clients of mine to set the following goal in therapy: "I want to get rid of my anxiety," or "I sometimes feel depressed and I want to just be happy." But this is like wanting to detect damage to the body, but not feel pain. You can't have it both ways.

Keeping Your Emotions Bottled Up Could Kill You

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

For some, emotions -- positive or negative -- are not readily expressed, at least not in public. Some may take this as good manners, others as signs of rigidity and unnatural restraint. In any case, researchers warn that perpetual emotional suppression is nothing benign but can lead to potentially serious mental and physical health problems and even premature death.

Anger Isn't All Bad

Vibha Dhawan | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Living
Vibha Dhawan

Anger is a daunting emotion, a sentiment that we try to evade or even conceal till our wit allows us to. It's interesting to see how we are repulsed by anger; even an association with it is dreaded. Though it makes me wonder, isn't it just another emotion, a feeling without which we would be incomplete?

The First Step to Talking Money With Women

Deborah Nixon | Posted 01.05.2013 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

Women relate to each other though stories, and through this process they learn and grow. Money is one of the last taboos and is something many of us are uncomfortable discussing. Creating safe and open spaces for women to talk about money is one of the missing gaps in financial and investor education.

6 Things Women Look for in a Man

Nicole Forrester | Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada Living
Nicole Forrester

Honesty is the glue that holds a relationship together. Even when it might not be the most pleasant news to tell a woman, it is better for a man to be open and honest than to tell a lie

5 Things Men Look for in Women

Nicole Forrester | Posted 11.22.2011 | Canada Living
Nicole Forrester

Sorry ladies, apparently attributing your mood to hormones is not acceptable. Surprisingly, men do not enjoy women who may, from time to time, appear like Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest.