Canada Happiness

The More Stuff We Have, The Less Joy We Feel

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.20.2017 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As a therapist I often see people searching for fulfillment and meaning in their lives. Many people come into my office trying to figure out why they have so many beautiful things in their lives, but are unable to enjoy life. They often seek therapy because they are feeling unsettled and unhappy. This seems to not just be an individual struggle, but a societal struggle as well. It appears that as a society we have an abundance -- but we are struggling with high levels of depression and left feeling unsatisfied despite all of the beautiful stuff we surround ourselves with .

5 Ways That Valentine's Day Can Improve Your Professional Life

Monique Caissie | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Having relationship problems keeps us in a stress response and irrational fears can sneak into how we perceive simple requests or exchanges at work. So, let's treat Valentine's Day like a do-over for that New Year's resolution on improving our relationships.

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

Deri Latimer | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada
Deri Latimer

...and the world will be a better place for you and me. Do you believe that? Is it as simple as putting a little love in your heart? Will the world r...

8 Tips To Beat The 'Winter Blues'

Booking.com | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Booking.com

As the winter blues starts seeping into our lives, it's clear that "the most wonderful time of the year" is sadly behind us. And whether you enjoyed a festive-filled staycation or a trip away to see family, it's normal to find yourself in a bit of a funk during the winter season.

A Blank Canvas

Vibha Dhawan | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada
Vibha Dhawan

Terrifying to the blocked artist while full of possibilities to the creative mind, what emotion does a blank canvas bring within you?

Why It Pays To Be A Happy Entrepreneur

Brian Scudamore | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

There's no big secret to success in business -- it's all about attitude. Approaching entrepreneurship with optimism means you can bounce back when ideas flop, and in general, you bring more energy and enthusiasm to the workplace.

A Gratitude Year Rewired My Noodle

Heather Boucher Robinson | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Heather Boucher Robinson

The concept was simple. Every night, write down something – anything – that I was grateful for that day, fold it and pop it into a glass jar. For 365 days.

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.

The Christmas-Hanukkah Overlap Gives Me Hope For A Better 2017

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

In a rare occurrence, Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day this year. Perhaps these two religious events coinciding is a signal that the world can be a more united place in 2017.

Take 5 To Make It A Jolly Holiday

Deri Latimer | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada
Deri Latimer

The holidays can be stressful. There's alot to do, and the pressure is on to prepare food, entertain, and decorate your home. That's all on top of the...

A Message To Anyone Going Through A Tough Time

Adrian Wesley | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada
Adrian Wesley

It is Saturday night and I am rebounding on my mini trampoline (so good for the body and mind), watching a movie on www.Gaia.com. The main character j...

Choose Joy By Choosing To Exercise

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I stay on my fitness horse by reminding myself that movement is a privilege and that the future Me will ALWAYS be happier if I move. The understanding that exercise positively affects my mood has informed my entire fitness philosophy. In fact, improving my mood is typically the primary reason I train.

Do You Have A Life Plan?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

We all have at least a vague idea of how our lives should look like. Most goals we set for ourselves are short- or mid-term. A long-range game plan or grand design is much harder to follow. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't take a closer look at what's in the cards for us from time to time.

Do You Get Enough Vitamin N?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

You find yourself breathing more deeply, taking in the sharp scent of pine and the sweet mustiness of leaves returning to dust on the forest floor beneath your feet. For a moment, the quiet is broken only by birdsong -- the notes that signalled the absence of predators nearby to generations of your ancestors -- and your pulse rate slows. Some neglected part of you is home, and you realize you've left your worries somewhere between your front door and this moment. This is the power of nature.

You Need To Love Yourself

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

Pushing yourself and trying new things are all part of the weight loss transformation journey. It is all about the journey, never the destination. I now know that I can always work on certain aspects in my life and still continue to love myself. Whether it is trying new workouts or meditating, I will always be developing into a better person.

What Fear Can Do To You

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The human species could not have survived for long without the experience of fear. The ability to identify certain events and situations as dangerous and respond appropriately is essential for our existence. But these responses are meant to be rare and short-lived. If we cannot switch off this built-in alarm system of ours, it will quickly exhaust us, even turn against us.

How Some People Find Happiness After A Trauma

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Years ago, an emergency doctor mentioned something that always stayed with me. Despite having spent his career treating people who had, in many cases, barely survived major traumas, he said many were happier people afterwards. How is it that someone could go through something so difficult and be happier?

You're An Artist, Why Not Act Like One?

Ron Tite | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Ron Tite

Artists can teach you everything you need to know about being creative. Don't worry, don't get your Dockers in a twist. You don't need to actually sculpt or paint or perform an expressive dance. You just have to think like those who do.

Treat Your Life Like A Road Trip

Sharon Stokes | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Sharon Stokes

We've all heard the phrase 'life is a journey'. What if we took it one step further and looked at life as the ultimate road trip with your Life Map helping you navigate the way. After studying my own life I can clearly see how all the different experiences, events and people have shaped me and have led me to where I am today.

Why Being Happy Is Important

Collette Gee | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Some people believe that happiness comes from filling our days with fun things to do. While others think that happiness is the absence of negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions. When it comes to defining happiness, I do not believe we can summarize happiness into a single concept. 

Jennifer Aniston Isn't The Only One Feeling Societal Pressure To Have A Baby

Deepi Harish | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

Society doesn't just pressure Aniston, this is the case for millennial women, specifically South Asian millennial women, like myself. A handful of my female friends and I fit into the following category: we're in our 30s, independent, outgoing, have careers, side interests and side hustles, but we can't seem to find a life partner that will truly be our ride or die.

5 Tips For A Happier State Of Mind

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada
Sandy Kiaizadeh

I've made no secret of the fact that I am someone who has a history with depression and eating disorders; in fact I've written about this here and her...

For A Happier Relationship, Lead By Example

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Don't wait for your partner to give you what you need. And don't waste your energy complaining. Instead, give HIM what YOU need and he'll demonstrate the same behaviour in return.

I Came Out As Transgender, And I've Never Been Happier

Lia Kendall | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Lia Kendall

You might know that the number one word associated with being transgender is "dysphoria," a vague medicalized word used ascribed to transgender people to describe how mirrors and people you thought were your friends now make you cry. But another common word I've heard transgender people use to describe themselves is "monster." I knew to expect all that pain before I told a single person. But what nobody had prepared me for was the joy.

Gord Downie's Doctor Talks Life, Hope And High Fives

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

We know that time may be limited but that's no reason to stop living. So we celebrate that. Every good scan we have a little party or a high-five or a hug. Hugs are common in our clinic. There's much more happiness than people would expect.