Friendship

New City, No Friends

Davina Hamilton | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Parents
Davina Hamilton

I wasn't going to Canada alone. Me, my husband and our two children, aged two and four, would be going together in what we'd described as an experiment and an adventure. The experiment would be experiencing life in Toronto to see if we could live out there permanently. No matter the outcome, it would certainly be an adventure, particularly for our children, who were excited about returning to Toronto, following our first trip to the city the previous year.

A Hospital Waiting Room Makes Family Of Us All

James Di Fiore | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

Nobody is spared the anxiety of a patient in a hospital bed, with the generic food trays, the tubes and the tendency to make awkward jokes inside a tense and often tentative environment. But these strangers are experiencing the same unfamiliar setting, and an immediate bond is formed. These are now your brethren, your people, your family.

The Divine Shoulder Tap: Gratitude For Life's Daily Chaos

Mary-Jo Dionne | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada
Mary-Jo Dionne

I only met her once. She was the close friend of a close friend. While I don't remember much about what we did together that evening over a decade ago...

Is Your Style Of Relating Successful Or Problematic?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In working with people for over 25 years, I've identified five styles of human interaction. What do I mean by five styles of interaction? I'm describing the ways that people relate to one-another based on what's driving them internally and how much awareness they're bringing to their relationships.

Want To Connect More To Others? Learn To 'Just Be' With Them

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

It seems that people have become more and more alienated lately. More often than not, our mode of interaction is transactional, as opposed to empathetic. "Empathetic" and "transactional" are two of the ways that people behave with one-another, and they're quite the opposite.

I Refuse To Drink The Haterade On Valentine's Day

Giselle Wedemire | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Living
Giselle Wedemire

Complaining to your coupled friends or shouting into the abyss on Twitter about how tacky Valentine's Day does no one any good. Instead, commiserate with like-minded haters for a few minutes, and then move on. Because the truth of the matter is this: not every holiday is going to apply to you, ever.

Game-Changing Snacks For Your Super Bowl Party

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

If you are excited to watch the big game this weekend, but still can't decide what to serve your hungry crowd, we'll help you get in the zone with this menu of championship Super Bowl snacks.

It's OK To Give Up On The Difficult Person In Your Life

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

There may come a time in your relationship with your difficult person when you realize it is never going to work out. You are never going to reach a middle ground. You are never going to change their behaviour. Is it OK to give up? Absolutely!

This 31-Year-Old Man And 89-Year-Old Woman Are The Sweetest BFFs

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Living

Cutest. Friendship. Ever.

Stop Being A User And Open Your Heart To Others

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Using people or things isn't a valid solution to our feelings of loneliness, emptiness and alienation. Consuming things -- or other people -- has never made anyone happy. That's why someone who uses other people or things in order to fill the void is compelled to keep on being a user. It never feels like enough.

Getting Into The 'Holiday Spirit' 365 Days A Year

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

This time of year, we're told to be more loving. We're encouraged to get into the "holiday spirit." We're supposed to be more giving, more understanding. But what if we don't feel particularly connected to other people? It's hard to be loving when you don't feel much love.

Have A Happy Dysfunctional Christmas

Monique Caissie | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

It was 1991 and my first Christmas in my new home after my emotionally draining divorce. We lived in a depressed area. My family was 400 km away. I was struggling financially with a small business, helping in the community where I could, while nurturing my four-year-old who had some health challenges.

Why You Should Date Your Friends

Shawna Scafe | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Shawna Scafe

It is like a marriage. You will fall in and out of love from time to time but you stay devoted to them. You will have periods where you don't talk much, or talk enough. You will lose yourself, you will lose touch. But true friends don't drift away during those lulls. In true friendships you let resentments melt, and find ways to show kindness, you help each other find your path again. Most importantly, you make a time and space to hang out with them for the purpose of simply hanging out with them.

How Do You Help Your Kids Get Back Up When They Fall?

Erin Silver | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I don't know if my methods are right. Am I being a helicopter mom? Am I being too involved? Shouldn't kids learn to deal with these issues on their own, or is it ok to provide some well intentioned guidance?

This Is How You Become A Better Friend

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Investing in friendships is part of a finding a healthy balance in life. We care for and enjoy our friends, but sometimes we might forget to think about how we can secure and grow our friendships. Any sort of investment requires some time and thought. Maintaining friendships requires effort, but when we look at the health benefits of friendships, this effort is worth it.

Let's Appreciate The Common Ground Between Stay-At-Home And Working Moms

Melanie Braga | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Before becoming a mom I didn't even know there were "mom groups." I don't mean the groups you can find on Facebook or at your local community centre. I mean the divide between stay-at-home moms (SAHM) and working moms. This got me thinking...How are my relationships with my working-mom friends? Was it different?

Redefining Modern Day Friendship

Todd Hauptman | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Todd Hauptman

Celebrities, political figures and business leaders alike often suggest our world needs more love, kindness and connection. While social media has made us a world that is increasingly connected, our world is plagued by a loneliness crisis.

To Every Kid Who Feels Like They Don't Measure Up: You Are Enough

Ian Warner | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Living
Ian Warner

The feeling of not being enough is a lie that many of us end up believing at some point. It can send us on a dangerous chase to find external things to make us feel satisfied, but there is no such thing. If we can't find happiness within, we will never be able to find it externally.

When It Comes To Mental Health, Love Goes A Long Way

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

When living with a mental illness, you feel scared and alone. You might have the best support system around you but you still feel like there is no one. It feels like nobody understands what is going through your mind and you are living in this dark scary world. You end up pushing away your family and friends. You become selfish and you don't care how you treat other people and how your actions affect them.

Playdate Tips To Help Kids Make (And Keep) Friends

Julie M Green | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

I want my seven-year-old to have friends -- at least one, maybe two. But at heart, I'm a realist. He has high-functioning autism. Socially speaking, the odds are stacked against him. Making friends is a concept as foreign and uncomfortable as the wooly sweater knitted by a well-meaning great aunt.

Gord Downie's Hug With Trudeau Had Nothing To Do With Politics

Christine Johnson | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Living
Christine Johnson

I don't give a s*** whether you are Liberal, Conservative or none of the above, sometimes it's not about that. Let's all do the Canadian thing and join our prime minister in sending Gord Downie and the Hip our best wishes, send them tons of strength and love in the coming months and beyond.

My Puppy Has Taught Me More About Life Than Some Humans

TamilCulture | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

I was blessed to finally get a Golden Retriever (I named him Bheema) back in January. This fat, fluffy puppy, who was 11 weeks old, came waddling into my life.

5 Friendships That Remind Us What Giving Truly Means

UNICEF Canada | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

For millions of children around the world, life can be a daily struggle. From managing a disability, to overcoming cyberbullying, to escaping conflict, children face challenges many adults couldn't even imagine. But the lucky ones don't have to go through it alone. Meet five sets of friends who remind us what giving truly means.

Maybe Professional Cuddlers Are Exactly What Our World Needs

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

There are a lot of really awful things happening in the world right now. Fear, though an important mechanism for survival, is also something that can stop you from having a real human experience. There ARE good people in this world. You just have to be open to them. As strange as it may sound to you, a professional cuddler specializes in this kind of thing.

This Is How Much A Best Friend Is Probably Costing You

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living

Friendship should be priceless.