Healthy Relationships

How We Unconsciously Damage Important Relationships

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

All of these lead to being inspired to set goals and take action - compare in order to set a healthy goal; compete to be the best leader at home or at work; and never be so comfortable that you become complacent.

Don't Let An STD Keep You From Finding Love

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living

You aren't alone.

The Secret To Great Communication Is Simple

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Whether the relationship is personal or professional, communicating with people you care about is an art, kind of like dancing the Tango. Good communication takes practice and effort, but once you know the secret to great communication, you can have better, deeper and more meaningful connections.

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.

How Parents Can Maintain Strong Bond After Baby Arrives

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer offers tips on how to appreciate our partners when raising a child.

What It's Like to Be a Professional Cuddler

Carlen Costa | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

But, what if you don't have access to cuddling? What if you are one of many who seemingly function in life as touch-deprived individuals? What if you wanted to and could cuddle with someone right now? Well, here's what I've learned you can do about it.

8 Ways to Improve Your Love Life Today

Simone Katerine | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

One thing I've learned in my seven plus years of writing about sex and relationships, is that the word "sexpert" gets thrown around a lot. I've even had the word featured under my byline (I thought everyone knew it's the blind leading the blind, here?) However, when it comes to Sexperts, Rebecca Rosenblat is the real deal.

Planned Parenthood in Canada Is Under Attack Too

Lauren Dobson-Hughes | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Dobson-Hughes

You've heard of the recent attacks on women's healthcare in the States, but in Canada, we're feeling the impact too. For 50 years, Planned Parenthood Ottawa has been there for our community, providing unbiased counselling, education, advice and support. But it's become increasingly hard to do our work. Planned Parenthood is under attack, by people who oppose healthcare for women and the trans community, who don't want youth to get the education they need, and who dedicate themselves to cutting our funding every way they can.

8 Ways to Take Your Marriage "Off Hold"

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

It's a mistake to think that you can put your relationship "on hold" until the kids are gone. Instead, practice these eight ways to take your marriage "off hold" right now, and keep it alive and well throughout the various stages of your life together.

Is Social Media Making You Soulless?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.24.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

We don't need an official study to tell us that digital media affects our relationships, although there are many. When we're online 24/7, it's pretty clear that it's going to influence our offline lives too. Digital media is creating a huge disconnect between us that's not going away.

How to Manage Difficult Behaviour While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

It is challenging for many people to accept a loss of control as their independence gradually declines. Based on this loss of control, many become anxious, demanding, or resistant. This creates a new set of challenges for the caregiver.

Getting Married at 25 Is the Best Decision I've Ever Made

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
Charlotte Ottaway

My husband is my greatest fan in life. He is constantly encouraging me to chase my dreams, pushing me to face my weaknesses. He inspires me; he balances me. He supports me in everything I do. When you have someone standing beside you, ready to nudge you forward and catch you when you fall, it feels like anything is possible. I'm 27 now, and I still have a lot to learn about married life. But I already know the choice to wed my husband was the greatest decision I've made so far. Being a wife has changed my life in ways I hadn't ever considered.

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

The Six C's of a Healthy Relationship

Collette Gee | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Some people go their entire lives not knowing what a healthy relationship looks like, or they may have an idea, but have not defined them for themselves. The 6 C's illustrate the various components of a healthy relationship. A good relationship cannot exist without mutual respect.

7 Steps to Renew Your Life This Easter

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Utilizing Easter as a renewal time is relatively simple, and can assist you in creating the space you need to live your exceptional life. You can do this as an individual exercise that is personal and private, or you can take some this Easter weekend and gather the family to discuss each point. Here are the seven steps to renewing your life.

Why Does Violence Against Women Stay Hidden in This Day and Age?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

Why, in a time when we have more information available to us than ever, when WHO member states have adopted "a historic" resolution to address violence against women and girls, and when consent is being introduced into school curricula in some Canadian provinces, does violence against women still remain largely hidden?

V-Day for Healthy Relationships

Anuradha Dugal | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Living
Anuradha Dugal

Since Valentine's Day is just round the corner, some of you probably have big plans. Perhaps it's a special date night or a couple's massage. Maybe you've already booked the babysitter, scheduled your mani-pedi or bought new lingerie. Not me.

What Does Being a "Friend" Really Mean?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Around the holidays we hear all about spending time with loved ones, being grateful and showing them how much we care. A lot of our thoughts will be about our family and friends. But lately social media has changed our perception of friendship, how we view it, how we behave towards our friends, even how we use the word "friend."

Feigned Love: The Art of Settling

Dain Wallis | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Worried that you're settling? Not sure if you're in love or just going through the motions? Speaking from experience, here is your guide to the Art of Settling.

These Two Words Can Jeopardize Your Relationship Forever

Tamika Schilbe | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Tamika Schilbe

Often spoken with absolute authority, "I disagree" places itself firmly in opposition to the other. It carves an opinion in granite, hinting that further discussion is irrelevant. In personal relationships, these two words can instantly zap the life out of open communication. The opposite of "I disagree" is exploratory dialogue. Open discussion may create more connection.

Why We Still Tell Women to Sell Themselves

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

I was recently dismayed by a piece of advice given from one businesswoman to another. an entrepreneur sought advice on how to get mental and emotional support from her husband as she worked to grow her new business. In short, she was told the solution was to verbally appreciate her husband more, to "tell him he's your hero", and to orally appreciate her husband more... if you know what I mean. The advice is delivered in cute and quirky way, but it's impossible to miss the message. We're supposed to patronize our men, tell them they're our heroes, and then follow up with sexual favours? Ouch.

Canada's Best Date Spots

Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living

Whether you’re long term with the love of your life or recently found the date of your dreams, step up your dating game and explore new romantic te...

In a Relationship, It's Not If You Fight, But How You Fight

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Anger rarely ever brings out the best in us. When we feel our blood boiling, we often regress to a state that's childlike, emotional and even tantrum-y. What's more, conflicts are further complicated by the fact we don't all handle conflict the same way. I've come up with four conflict styles as I see them.

The Most Common Relationship Pet Peeves — Kind Of Solved

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Living

In the weeks following Valentine's Day, couples seem to come undone more than they're brought together. As the New York Daily News reported, Februa...

Relationship Woes? Maybe You're Making One of These Mistakes

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

There are three common relationship mistakes that many of us make, which can get in the way of our happiness and success in love. Understanding what these mistakes are and why we're prone to making them can help us learn to avoid them in the future. If we recognize and let go of these, we're likely to have a lot more success in our current and future relationships.