Gratitude

How to Get Yourself a Red Carpet Career

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

The Oscars is where we celebrate the best of the best in film -- the spine-tingling performances, the cream of the crop. You want the best of the best for your career too, and so why not look to the Oscars for a little inspiration. Here are six tips to help you create a career that's an Oscar worthy show-stopping success.

Be Positive And You Might Live Longer

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Those who reported having fun, doing things that gave them pleasure, maintaining an active social life, etc. were found to develop fewer impairments and showed slower declines compared to those who were less upbeat. In fact, differences in attitude seemed to produce remarkable results.

The Key Ingredient Missing From Your Resolutions

Rachel Schipper | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Schipper

For anyone who's reached a goal or manifested a dream, you know that it starts with figuring out what that dream or goal is. The rest is about applying your energy in the direction of your desire to make it happen. Running a 10k starts with a sweaty, breathless jog around the block; starting a business with a brainstorming session with your smartest friends and advisors; writing a book with opening the file and naming it.

5 Ways to Beat the Back to Work Blues

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Business
Eileen Chadnick

Going back to work after a holiday break can be tough. Even for those of us who love our work. Here are five ways to beat back to work blues.

Peace This Season

Paula Pyne | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." ~ Helen Keller After c...

Immunize Your Organization Against Negativity

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

So, if we can immunize ourselves from the nasty effects of influenza with a vaccine, what can you do to immunize yourself and your organization against negativity (that can absolutely be nasty and contagious and cost your organization time, energy, and money?

November 11: I Remember and I Am Thankful

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I am eight. Maybe nine. We are playing, my little friends and I, on a snowdrift at school. For lack of sleds and toboggans, we are using our snow pant...

Eight Choices That Will Make You Happier

Lynda Fishman | Posted 12.15.2013 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

As I reflect on my past experiences, I understand and have internalized the importance of making positive choices. I know that I generalize, but I truly believe that the more choices we make, the more alive we feel, and the more alive we feel, the healthier our choices.

How to Regain Your Adrenaline Edge

Rachel Schipper | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Living
Rachel Schipper

The stress that used to fire you up to work harder or faster or better simply stops having that effect, because the physiology of constant stress without recovery has worn out the mechanism that gives you your "adrenaline edge." What's a skeptical adrenaline junkie to do?

Grateful for the Small Pleasures in Life

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

As a chaplain and then as I patient I came to learn about bowel surgery. I had gone in for minor surgery on a Thursday and ended up with a colostomy ...

How Canada Saved Me From Violence

Nam Kiwanuka | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nam Kiwanuka

Before we left Kampala, Uganda's capital, it was a daily occurrence for me as a young child to see dead bodies in the street and to fall asleep to the sounds of machine guns and screams. And when my father failed to come home, I always thought that his voice was one of those screams I heard in the night.

What I Want My Dad to Know This Father's Day

Erin Chrusch | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

It's been hard to see Dad so sad, because in much the same way he wants us to be happy, that's what we want for him too. I am compelled to let him know that I no longer take my time with him for granted, at least not in the same way I might have just six months ago. Up until that time, there would always be another phone call, another visit, another chance to say "I love you." Now we know that those moments are gifts; sometimes small, but always appreciated.

A Token of Friendship

Robin Farr | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Robin Farr

It started with a prenatal yoga class. Across the room, the beginning of a bond formed with another mom-to-be with a due date close to mine. We had a lot of the same pregnancy side effects. We were both having boys. She was energetic and outgoing - and SO excited about having a baby - it was hard not to notice her.

There's a Time to Text and a Time to Talk

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Living
Nancy A. Shenker

So many people are hiding these days behind their devices, using efficiency and speed as just one of the many excuses to avoid direct communication. I don't purport to be the Emily Post of digital etiquette, but the following are times when some form of more intimate and potentially interactive communication may be preferable to their smart phone or tablet equivalent.

More Life Lessons From My Immigrant Parents

Gina Alexandris | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada
Gina Alexandris

During a brief vacation away with my Greek immigrant parents in sunny Florida, I had the serenity to engage them in several wonderful lengthy chats about their past (always a favourite topic of mine) and to quietly observe them. These are the additional gems that I have gained from my parents' experiences.

Why Gratitude Matters

Lori Gard | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Living life with gratitude sometimes means one must offer thanks at the most un-opportune moments. Uttering words of gratitude even for those things in life which one is not always fully enjoying, passionately loving, deriving pleasure or benefiting greatly from nor receiving back a large measure of happiness.

If Someone Steals Your Idea, Be Flattered

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg It has happened to all of us at some point. You have a great idea, and someone else likes it so much they "borrow" from you -- or outright steal. In the big picture, there is nothing wrong with this. In fact, if we were able to copyright ideas, creativity would be stifled. So what do you do when someone steals your ideas?

Five Ways to Practice Gratitude

Brant Secunda and Mark Allen | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Living
Brant Secunda and Mark Allen

Once a person internalizes what it means to be grateful, fresh opportunities pop up, barriers to change disappear, and new relationships become possible. Here are five ways to learn and practice gratitude.

Serving Others is its Own Reward

Fred Dolan | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Impact
Fred Dolan

Nietzsche's creed came down to the declaration that "there is no God, no afterlife, and therefore man is completely on his own." For anyone who has bought into this vision of life, the driving force will be an ideology of power and domination. Such intangible values as generosity and mercy will most likely be scorned. But helping and caring for others is its own reward.

Things I Am Proud of in 2011

Silken Laumann | Posted 03.04.2012 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

We spend much of our mental energy beating ourselves up for the things we are not, for the times we have failed or disappointed ourselves. I think we could put that energy to far better use by changing the focus to find some things we are proud of.

Thanksgiving

Andrea Paine | Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

What could be better than the prospect of a long weekend? Not only that, the beautiful sunshine and record breaking temperatures on the hotter side a...

One Last Gift, a Tribute to Jack Layton

Andrea Paine | Posted 10.24.2011 | Canada
Andrea Paine

When I heard of the news of Jack Layton's passing early this morning, I felt let down. As cancer survivors, we are part of one big family and losing a member of this family is a painful and sad reminder that some of us heal and others just don't. News like this always seems to hit close to home.

How to Stop Complaining and Start Complimenting

Amy Sky | Posted 09.05.2011 | Canada
Amy Sky

Who doesn't love compliments? When they are genuine, they have the power to transform your mood instantly. On the other hand, we have complaints. Hearing even a few negative words can be a major buzzkill. Can you imagine a world where no one complained?