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A mother has gone through two of the most difficult stages in life that require coping with body image, being a tween girl and becoming a mother, both of which involve extraordinary physical changes. So it's not surprising that when it comes to raising a daughter, these very personal experiences are something that a mother draws on, consciously or subconsciously, and that may impact her daughter, starting from a very young age.
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The truth is that girls' bodies are designed to grow and change shape throughout their formative years and it's natural and perfectly normal that they do so at different rates. So it's no wonder that the long-held standard in kids' fashion that a size 10 is ideal for a 10-year old is potentially damaging to one's self-esteem.
Spring time is here, and that means it's time to trade in the sweat pants and Netflix binges for some other hobbies. From reading new books to DIY projects, gardening and meditation, there's tons of...
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Feeling like the world owes you something removes your own sense of accountability for shaping your happiness. Make a conscious decision to cultivate happiness in your life. The world could really use more happy people right now.
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When I hit 30, I noticed my social media fill with announcements of engagements, weddings, new homes, new pregnancies, thriving careers and growing families. I began to contemplate the state of my life over the past few years and even jumped on the bandwagon for a time. There is something wrong with me; I am not living how I should be, doing what I should be, and feeling like I should be.
Joy is a deep-rooted feeling of ultimate contentment. Joy shows itself on your face, and in your actions. How often do you feel joy? Do you even think about it? What brings you joy? What causes you to feel peace and contentment? I recently made a commitment to search out joy in each and every day.
If you were taken away tomorrow, what do you think your legacy would be? Most of us, it seems, are happy to wait and hear what our eulogist thinks our legacies are. A little late, don'tcha think? I think it's time to lighten up the legacy conversation by creating and enjoying a variety of legacies that you can enjoy now!
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My opinion on marriage is that it's like driving a car -- you wouldn't put someone in a car who doesn't have some kind of training. This training is essential so that you can safely navigate the roads. So why allow people to make a decision as important as marriage with no preparation?
Some people are born optimists and some people are born pessimists. Fortunately, that doesn't mean you can't change and become more optimistic. Although the world these days seems to encourage pessimism, it doesn't mean you have to be that way, and it doesn't mean you have to stay that way if you are already pessimistic by nature.
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According to iTunes Canada, 2013 had a great year in 2014. Yes, Taylor Swift came out of the gate late and still claimed the top spot on the album chart, the number seven spot on the song chart and t...
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Most people who follow these simple steps soon discover they can live on much less. They turn away from consumerism, and lead happier, more focussed lives. They stop being human doings and once again become human beings. Some even discover financial independence. Equally important, their impact on the planet is dramatically reduced. Win, win, win.
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When is Hanukkah happening this year? From the evening of Dec. 16 to 24, 2014. What is celebrated during Hanukkah? It's a Jewish festival that celebrates the victory of light over darkness and Judea...
Seven Iranian students have received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each. Their crime: they recorded a video signing Pharrell Williams' song, Happy. A huge disconnect is obvious in Iran and Saudi Arabia where, in the name of Islam, varying degrees of orthodoxy is being enforced on the masses.
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I sat down this morning to write out the top 20 things I have learned in my life so far, but after writing down four items, I started to cry deep, intense tears. I released the emotion and it felt amazing. Writing this blog reminded me of the pain and suffering I had endured to awaken to this wisdom. This is my gift to you. Here are my top 20 tips for living a better life.
That voices betray emotions by means of their tone is as old as human history, but new groundbreaking research now pinpoints the two-way correlation between vowels and feelings. While it is commonly b...
Canadian Olympians are grooving with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in a tribute video to Pharrell Williams’ hit song Happy. The video, posted on YouTube by the Canadia...
Movies have produced some of the most popular songs ever. Just consider "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2" and "Let It Go" from "Frozen," both of which remain in the Billboard top ten months after their m...
Let it never be said that Edmonton's mayor can't dance. Don Iveson stands out among several Edmontonians who busted a move as part of a music video by CTV News, which was set to Pharrell Williams's "H...
When my brother Niel and I were young, we begged our parents for a dog. After finally wearing them down, they said "yes" and my lifelong love affair with dogs began. My experience is that dogs are gre...
"Let It Go," the viral phenomenon from Disney smash "Frozen," won the Oscars best original song, beating out by U2's"Ordinary Love," indie powerhouse Karen O's "The Moon Song" and even the current num...
Canada is one of the happiest countries in the world, according to a recent global survey sponsored by the United Nations.
The World Happiness Report 2013 used data collected from 2010 to 2012, where it asked people in more than 150 countries to rate their happiness on a scale from 0 to 10. It found Canadians to be quite happy with an overall score of 7.477.
Did you know you can actually train yourself to be happy? Happy and fully engaged leaders are important in the workplace, but it's just as vital for them to help their team learn how to get engaged with their own work. In this competitive, ever-changing and highly demanding business environment, more personal happiness might just be the big competitive advantage you've been looking for.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's 10th annual Cook For The Cure. I am all for getting into the spirit of things but it gets a bit trickier when the very foods being served are known contributors to the development of the disease (remember the deep fried Twinkies for Crohn's Disease?).
Who says things slow down after 50? Iman is an international fashion icon, a mother to two daughters, the creator of Iman Cosmetics, a philanthropist for numerous charities and the host of Project Run...
Have you ever wondered whether you're truly unhappy with life? Now's your chance to find out. After writing his book, "Thrive: Exploring Happiness the Blue Zones Way," author Dan Buettner created a te...