Friendship

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.

How To Host A Dinner Party For Complete Strangers

David King | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
David King

Today, we live in jam-packed cities, yet ironically they can feel far more isolating than smaller, rural communities. I always ask people if they know the other people on their floor in their condo building, and generally their answer is: "not really." Everyone has to eat, so why not eat together?

Blunt (And Loving) Advice For My Perfectionist Daughter

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You want whatever you're doing to be perfect, and you get so disappointed and annoyed when the vision in your head doesn't match the reality. I know you, my love, and I know that it's so frustrating for you when things don't go right, when you are not living up to your own very high expectations for yourself.

9 Ways To Form Your Personal Board Of Directors

Jen Lawrence | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

I have a group of women in my life who can draw on their personal and professional expertise to advise me on everything from decorating to divorce law to the DSM-5. In turn, I'm the go-to person on moving, critical thinking, and how to source a vintage designer bag. I've found that it's so much easier to "do life together" and draw on each other's experience, than for each of us to try to master everything on our own.

How To Deal With Disappointment

Anne Day | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Business
Anne Day

All of us face disappointment at some time in our lives but like everything else that is often beyond our control, it's what we do with it that can change the outcome. While it may not feel it right now, this could be the best thing that has happened to you and the universe is telling you something, so pay attention to the doors that may be opening for you.

Healthy Friendships Are Built Upon Healthy Expectations

Victoria Lorient-Faibish | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Victoria Lorient-Faibish

Many conflicts come from inappropriate expectations in relationships. Ask yourself if you are expecting your friends to act and be just like you. I encourage people to not expect others to be just like them because this is the road to sure and constant disappointment.

11 Positive Gift Ideas To Cheer Up Sad People

Reggie Ramone | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Reggie Ramone

With last week's unwelcoming snowfall coming to an end, we're headed for warmer days and patio-ready weather. For the glass is half full type, it's time to prepare for the fun of spring and summer -- hooray! For the glass is half empty type... well, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) doesn't stop at the sight of spring.

Makin' Friends In Business

Steven Shehori | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada
Steven Shehori

As difficult as the experience was, I'm glad I walked back into the building that fateful night. Closure is a powerful drug, and with all the wonderful friends I'd made at the company, I relish the fact they got their much-needed confirmation re: me picking up my notepad. I truly, truly loved that notepad.

There's A Difference Between Being 'Nice' And Being Kind

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The truth is that if you're a people-pleaser, you've been using the people in your life to compensate for something that's been missing within you; you've been focused on getting others to meet a need, rather than on creating real connections. This might explain why you're not as happy as you could be, today.

Life Skills Lesson: Friendships And Making Choices

Linda Simpson | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

There are places in a child's life where choice is minimal. However, that is true at any time in life. Choices, power and control are all elements of possible confusion and frustration in a child's world.