Empathy

Positive Thinking Isn't Always The Answer When Life Sucks

Brigid Dineen | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living
Brigid Dineen

Sometimes things suck. Please don't force yourself to think positively about it. Feel what you feel. Give yourself space. Embrace vulnerability with people you trust (or in your journal), and enjoy the natural sun after the storm.

The Real Reason Kids Can Be So Cruel

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

The ability to imagine what another person would think or feel is referred to as the theory of mind. It is this that helps us realize that another person's mind is distinct from our own. When six-year olds point out physical flaws they are simply responding to their own curiosity. They have no idea that this might hurt people. To realize the impact of these observations would require the ability to be in someone else's head.

Telling Your Story Can Change The World

Jagneet Singh | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Jagneet Singh

A few years ago I decided to embark on a backpacking trip across Europe for two months. Towards the end of my travels, I found myself at the Sisteen Chapel in Rome, Italy. As I was standing there, enchanted by this insanely crazy masterpiece, I felt a soft whisper perk the tiny hairs on the back of my neck.

Teaching Civic Duty At A Young Age Can Make A Real Difference

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

From a very young age, my parents taught my siblings and I, through instruction and example, that doing even a little can lead to a lot. But what initially felt like a pointless, mind-numbing activity became a valuable exercise in developing understanding and empathy.

How To Keep A Relationship Strong In Bad Times

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Living

Canadian Olympian and relationship guru Brianne Theisen-Eaton offers three tips for a healthy relationship.

Happy 19th Birthday, Amanda

Carol Todd | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Living
Carol Todd

This was one of the anticipated birthdays you were looking forward to other than 16 where you could finally learn to drive. But sadly, it was not a milestone you would ever reach. I often wonder what you would be like as an adult in our ever changing world.= What would the future hold if you hadn't had that awful Thanksgiving weekend and that horrible experience you came home to tell me about. If you had been able to sleep better that weekend. If others had just left you alone.

Managing the Emotions of Caregiving

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact
AlzLIVE

Alzheimer's caregivers are amazingly successful at juggling all of the things necessary to meet the needs of their loved one, but each day they're simultaneously learning how to juggle the many emotions they experience. Anger, guilt, fear and frustration are just a few of the complex emotional balls they are trying so hard to keep in the air.

Why quitting your job may not be the answer writes @corinawalsh

Corina Walsh | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Business
Corina Walsh

Throughout my career I worked for some pretty awful companies. They were awful mostly because a couple of key people at the top were successful in creating a toxic work culture. Exclusion, discrimination, and bullying were the daily norm.

Try This Novel Approach to Business Reading

Jen Lawrence | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business
Jen Lawrence

As a business writer, people often ask me what books they should read to become better leaders. For years, my answer has been the same: read good fiction. If you want to learn how people think and behave, read a novel, a short story, or a play. Think of how effective we could be as leaders if we used our understanding of people to better empathize with our employees, clients, and boards.

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.

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.

How To Awaken the Elephant in You

Sangita Iyer | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Mother Nature has been the most powerful healing source in my life, and in this article I am inspired to share my profound connections with Her and pa...

Why We Should Empower Youth With Epilepsy Education

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

Last spring, I joined my daughter Journey's fifth grade class as a volunteer on her field trip. I had the pleasure of watching a classmate approach Journey who was taking photos of a museum exhibit. The classmate suggested she turn off the camera flash; he was concerned that it could trigger one of her seizures. I was overcome with pride and appreciation for the caring, supportive community we have created in partnership with the school administration.

Are The Homeless Even People?

Jagneet Singh | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Jagneet Singh

Truth is, that wasn't normal by any means. As a society, our relationship with homeless people is simple; either you drop a coin or walk by. It's impossible to connect with people as people because we let ourselves get divided only by borders, but also by our occupations, social status, and other arbitrary self-imposed barriers.

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.

When Boundaries Are Healthy

Kim Smiley | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

I know, in the internet age, many people think boundaries are passé. This is clear to me when I contemplate people's selfies on social media and their transgressions on Twitter. But I want to reframe the discussion to show that boundaries can be healthy. So let's explore some of the benefits.

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.

Empathy Is the Key to a Successful Business

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

Everyone should act as a leader to make a strong environment for their business. If you are reading this, you may be a smart leader that knows how to earn money and build long-term relationships with your clients. If you analyze the key behind this kind of success you will find there is a simple answer: empathy.

Listen to Women Before Saying "Not All Men"

Tuval Dinner Nafshi | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Tuval Dinner Nafshi

I know that many of us feel hurt when men in general are blamed for violence against women. And many of us have or do feel the need to exclaim, "not all men!" And its true, not all men hurt women. And some of us have been hurt by women. But I encourage, implore, beg and hope all men will consider, just consider, what it means to walk through the world with the privilege of being seen as a man.

Every Parent's Nightmare Is an Elephant's Reality

Sangita Iyer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Every parent's nightmare: They invade your home, snatch your most treasured jewel -- your two young children. You want to run and rescue your children, but you can't. The truth is your worst nightmare is a reality for captive elephants.

How to Bring Out Your Inner Buddha

Kim Smiley | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

For a Jewish, middle class, Montrealer, I've spent a lot of my life in the company of the Buddha. I have had an 18-year on-again, off-again relationship with the Buddha. He's been by my side during the ups and downs. I never practiced Buddhism, but I have been a student of the religion for half my life.

How To Know If You're Dating A Narcissist

Natasha Koifman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

They often behave how they think they should, not how they really feel. This kind of pretense can include false modesty, politeness and courtesy... but also pompousness and extroversion. Narcissists surround themselves with sycophants and admirers. The flipside of this is that narcissists have incredible envy of other people's successes.

Do We Have To Be Offended By Everything?

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Life is an ongoing exercise in empathy. As a human being, your job should be constantly learning how to make your own way in this world while causing as little harm as possible. Which is why I'm ultimately baffled when people wonder aloud if they're supposed to look at everything critically and worry about its potential to harm others. Because yes, that is exactly what you are supposed to do.

My Son's Autism Doesn't Affect His Empathy

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

The thought of teaching my son Emilio to say "I'm sorry" in an effort to build and develop more empathy never crossed my mind. That's the reality of raising children with non-verbal autism; their parents are concentrating on having eye contact with their child; they are working on communication skills so they can verbalize their basic needs like "I want water".

Why I Work With Special Needs Children: A Professional's Perspective

Nathalie Garcin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Nathalie Garcin

I now work with families -- parents who trust us with that which they cherish most of all: their children. All these parents share a common story: they feel forgotten, isolated, frustrated, helpless, and overwhelmed by public sector waiting lists and the lack of support. They are right to worry.