10 Tips for Stress-Free, Fat Burning Holidays

Dr. B.J. Hardick | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. B.J. Hardick

Still mapping out your Thanksgiving menu? Daydreaming of Christmas already? Don't get caught up in the sugar-and-fat laden hype. You can still enjoy your holidays without wreaking havoc on your health. Here are some ways to make this Thanksgiving one your body will thank you for.

A Letter of Gratitude to My Doctor

Deri Latimer | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Have you thanked your doctor lately? How about all those other really important people in your life, who truly contribute to your happiness and well...

The Dalai Lama Sounds the Alarms for Sustainability

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada
Natalie Pace

A peacemaker for the ages walks among us. Whether he is blessing world leaders who are notorious for war, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, or speaking...

Five Ways to Honour That Special Teacher This Week

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

No matter who that special teacher is, they've likely received their fair share of mugs, wine and chocolates over the years. This year, what about something a little more meaningful? Here are five suggestions for meaningful teacher gifts.

A Reminder to Enjoy the Milestones In Your Children's Lives

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Terri Fedonczak

My middle child graduated from college last week, and I'm still processing it. My first instinct was to move forward and think about the next thing on the list. And then my inner guide whispered, "This is a milestone; let's take a breath and celebrate it."

The History and Culture I Saw in Syria Is Now Scarred by War

Rebecca Ananda | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Rebecca Ananda

Years ago, when I was young and reckless, I backpacked solo through Syria. One morning, at the bus station in Homs, I had to make a spur of the moment decision; I could go west, towards the sea and Lebanon, or I could go east, to the ancient city of Palmyra. I turned west. I never saw Palmyra. The 2000 year old city is now in the hands of ISIS.

Positive Thinking Can Benefit Your Mind and Body

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Traditional psychology has almost always been concerned with mental and emotional disorders and malfunctions and ways to treat them, he explains. By contrast, positive psychology adds an important emphasis on the human potential for building and maintaining highly functional and constructive lives.

WATCH: This Close Call Reminds Us To Be Grateful

Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Impact

It can happen in the blink of an eye. A driver hits the wrong pedal and a vehicle speeds into your path. You never see it coming. This video above ...

Campfire Stories

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Terri Fedonczak

I just returned from the amazing Light Your Fire Retreat given by Jill Farmer ( If you know me at all, you know that my...

Having a Positive Outlook Towards Life Will Always Give You A Headstart

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Cultivating a gratuitous and appreciative attitude can be advantageous in almost any situation. People with a positive disposition tend to cope more efficiently and constructively with life's daily challenges. It's like they are getting a boost from a source deep within that gives them greater strength and resilience.

Sponsoring a Child Overseas Can be Sunshine in the Darkness

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I've been lucky to have a fulfilling marriage, a job that I love and a life filled with meaning. But like anyone, I'm familiar with the stretches of hopelessness that can come when life gets to be too much -- or not nearly enough. I began sponsoring Alejandro in Bolivia when he was just five, sure that I'd be improving his life. What took me completely off-guard was the way that he's lifted mine.

How to Stay Positive in Winter

Charlotte Singmin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Charlotte Singmin

It's February and Canadians are feeling the cold. But what if instead of complaining about the cold or contributing to the general hate on for winter we kept our complaints to ourselves and focused on all the other stuff, the good stuff, on everything we have to be grateful for?

The Strange Place Where I Learned That Enough Is Enough

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

If you're a frenzied striver (and lord knows I have lots of experience in this department), you struggle and push and rage to get more, but before you take a moment to appreciate what you have, it's on to the next thing. Better. Higher. More stuff. More accomplishments. More accolades. Enough. You have enough. Notice it. Appreciate it.

Taking Care of Yourself This Valentine's Day

Mary Donohue | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

On the way to an appointment the other day I heard two teenage girls discussing Valentine's Day. One was distraught because her boyfriend had just bro...

Dear 2014, Thanks for the All the Lessons

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Dear 2014, Thank you. Thank you for teaching me a thing or two. For confirming that my gut is always, always, ALWAYS right, and that good things happen when I listen to it and bad things happen when I don't.

10 Years After the Tsunami: Finding Peace in Disasters

Dave Toycen | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Dave Toycen

As I remember the South East Asian Tsunami and other global disasters which have broken my heart, my challenge has been finding enough peace to sleep at night, while waking with the renewed energy to do my best for those who survive. Somehow, we must all find that place.

Secrets For a Less Stressful Holiday Season

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

1995 was easily my worst Christmas. I was in my mid-20s, unemployed, living with my mom and in debt after quitting my job to backpack around Europe. ...

This Thanksgiving I Count My Blessings

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Then, I started my gratitude rowing. Now going to the gym is something I look forward to rather than dread. Furthermore, as I progress in my new good habit, I see a universal truth: the more I am grateful, the more I have to be grateful for. This Thanksgiving, here are some of the many things I am grateful for:

The Whys and Ways of Gratitude

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I thank you for being part of my community just by virtue of reading this post (and for those who are part of my life in other ways). And let's all spread more of the gift of gratitude -- to that end, here are a few more whys and ways to express gratitude.

For 375,000 Ontarians, Thanksgiving Dinner Isn't a Reality

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

It must be fall, bringing with it Thanksgiving. This October, however, more than 16,000 families in Ontario will have no other choice but to visit a food bank for the first time in their entire lives. And while the idea of turkey dinner with all the trimmings certainly sounds delicious, for over 375,000 adults and children, it is simply not the reality of the season.

Helping Kids Understand the Gift of Food This Thanksgiving

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there's no question that my kids are grateful for the festive food on the table -- an exciting change from our usual meals at home. But like many Canadian children, they have no sense of what it means to be hungry for more than an hour or so.

Want Successful Kids? Teach Them Gratitude

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

As an adolescent psychiatrist, I've treated countless patients who have achieved their cherished external goals, such as acceptance into a dance academy, sports team, or college of "their choice"-- but whose lives are utterly devoid of internal joy. Your role as a parent has a major impact on your child's understanding of the word gratitude.

How Travel Opens the Eyes, Minds, and Hearts of Youngsters

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Dr. Shimi Kang

Family holidays can provide great learning opportunities for children, all without a book or classroom insight! Exposure to diverse cultures, picturesque scenery, fun activities and people can teach kid's valuable life lessons and broaden their horizons...sometimes without them even knowing it.

Helping Kids Build the "Gratitude Muscle" on Canada Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

High school students with high levels of gratitude reported having stronger marks, less depression and envy, and a more positive outlook than less grateful teens. But gratitude is like a muscle -- it needs regular exercise.

The Mother of All Mothers

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

Growing up in the 50's and 60's, my mother Lillian was primarily a "stay-at-home"mother. It's not that she didn't have high aspirations for her future, as she dreamed of being a dancer. However, times required she go to work directly after graduating high school as a bookkeeper for a dress manufacturer, her professional dancing dreams dashed.