Hope

10 Tips For Surviving Valentine's Day While Single

Jen Lawrence | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Being single on Valentine's Day can be rough stuff. Since this is the time of year when the world conspires to tell you that there is something wrong with you if you are not happily paired, it may be tough to keep your spirits high. If you find yourself less-than-happily single, here are ten ways you can make Valentine's Day a little better this year, from someone who knows what she's talking about.

11 Ways To Give Yourself A Mid-Winter Boost

Jen Lawrence | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Even if you started off the year with a heart full of good intentions, it can be hard to maintain your enthusiasm. To celebrate the fact that there are still 11 months left to make this your best year ever, here are 11 ways to give yourself a mid-winter boost.

12 Ways To Enjoy The Holidays (When You Are Feeling More Like The Grinch)

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for everybody else. At least that's how it can seem if this season you are dealing with less-than-perfect ...

Her Last Hanukkah Made Us Believe In Life's Little Miracles

Bernie Farber | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Bernie Farber

Joanne's health deteriorated significantly but her mettle remained strong. She so wanted to celebrate her last Hanukkah with Jack and the family. However as she entered the palliative care unit at Credit Valley Hospital we feared this would not be.

Top 6 Life Lessons From The Great Beyond

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Even better than all of the gee wow validations the medium provided, however, was the amazing sense of comfort I felt after the reading. I'd gone into it as a bit of a lark and came out feeling quite revitalized. Whether her words were heaven-sent or not, she gave me some excellent advice.

8 Surprising Ways To Pull Yourself Out Of A Dark Place

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

When you've survived trauma, it's unnervingly easy to slide back into the depths. When I tumble into that headspace, there are a few things that can almost always pull me back out. Hopefully they might be helpful

Running Can Inspire People To Acts Of Virtue

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Now in my 50s, I look back over the last five years or so with quiet resolve. Four girlfriends have been diagnosed with breast cancer, all with different journeys. When the sobering statistics warn that one in nine women will get this dreaded disease, I know that cancer lurks in the shadows.

To Paris, With Hope

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Previous UN climate conferences have started with great optimism and hope but ended with underwhelming success at best, disappointment at worst. However, there are many reasons to hope that, finally, this one will be different.

The Martian Teaches Us About Resilience

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

The film is, on the surface, about a botched space mission that leaves Matt Damon stranded on Mars. It's also a film for anyone who's found themselves thousands of miles away from the life they'd planned. If you've lost a child, lost a spouse, survived a crime, been disabled, been diagnosed with a critical illness, you likely have had moments when you feel alone on a strange planet with no guarantee of making it back home.

Proving Rape Survivors' Resilience One Step at a Time

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

On Oct. 18, I will be running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times on the same day (126.6 km) in support of the #ItsNeverOkay campaign, a governmental and media campaign that reminds us that we all have a role in speaking up when we see situations of sexual violence or harassment.

Love Can Be Better, The Second Time Around

TamilCulture | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

Amidst the carnage of a failed marriage, as your days become consumed with prying the broken shards of glass from the wounds of a shattered life, it is hard to conceive that anyone will ever be worth the risk of going through all of this again. But a life without love is incomplete -- Love is always worth it.

I Risked Death to Seek a Better Life for My Kids in Canada

Nina Raynars | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Nina Raynars

My children and I immigrated to Canada in 2010 as refugees. When we arrived, I was so happy that my kids were in a safe country. In Zimbabwe I remember not being able to cry or find comfort in anyone, because everyone was experiencing their own share of pain and shock. So in April of 2010, after being released from the most recent lock-up, I took my kids at midnight and headed for the border knowing that if I was caught I would be burned alive and killed. Even though I was living with the uncertainty of how my immigration hearing would pan out, watching my kids embrace Canadian culture strengthened me when I was at my weakest point.

Don't Resign Yourself to Doing Work You Hate

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

What excuses are you making for not going after what you want? And do they really have to stop you? If you've really invested in your excuses, and their hold on you feels too strong, you may have let them break you down to the point of resignation.

Hope Decoded: A Social Science Experiment Gone Right

Simon Jackson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

No one person or one group has the capability to solve hopelessness in our society, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. How do we begin to tackle ...

After Getting Sober, I'm Still Getting Comfortable With Success

Keeley Milne | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

As an addict, self-sabotage becomes a comfort-zone, failure a safe place to be. Predictability is key -- we know what will happen when we drink or screw up, and while it is painful, at least it is familiar. With success, I feel completely unprepared.

The Importance of Tackling Hopelessness

Simon Jackson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

Why can't we seek a world where we rise to the occasion and confront our failings as a society? Why can't we demand better of ourselves and of our communities to create a place where all life is respected? Why can't the ingenuity of the human brain -- and limitlessness of the human heart -- foster a world where hope triumphs over hopelessness?

You Might As Well Dance

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As a writer and a long distance runner, I spend a lot of my day in Starbucks locations across the city, and for years I've had a massive pet peeve abo...

Are Kids Today Feeling Hopeless or Powerless?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

What happens to kids when the pressure starts to build? They can begin to feel powerless over their choices, their identities, and their futures. They can start to feel as though they have no voice, and no input over their own lives.

Our Family's Fifth Christmas Miracle

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Finlay

This will be my mother's fifth Christmas since her life-altering injury and a hospitalization that produced a cascade of incidents and a record number of medical errors that left her many times at death's door.

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.

The Christmas Stories We Don't Hear About

Lori Gard | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

For the past few weeks, my two youngest children have been talking about what they want for Christmas. The lists began to form about mid-November, a m...

What It's Like to Be a Young Food Bank Client

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As a 26-year-old business professional I face very typical problems on a day to day basis, ones that many of you may face. I have to deal with traffic, I have to find parking in downtown Toronto, I have to deal with deadlines. But it wasn't that long ago that any of these trivial issues were not a concern to me as my only burden was finding my next meal. For two years I battled homelessness and my hope was dependant on youth homes and the kindness of strangers.

Why I Am Still Teaching

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

This is all I could ever really hope for as a teacher -- to be a safe haven and a soft landing for my students to fall on. Everything else is secondary. I strive to be a person my students know will be there for them, each day and every day, through all the moments, both shining and otherwise.

Sometimes Kids Just Need to Be Heard

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Parents often think that they have to have an immediate answer or solution at their fingertips, but sometimes all a kid needs is to be heard. When we listen to young people without interrupting, it helps them feel understood and it validates their feelings by making them feel less alone in whatever they may be coping with.

Twenty Four Reasons for Hope

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

In the world of environmental advocacy, hope can be a scarce commodity. The daily cascade of negative reports about our planet's health can challenge even the most optimistic personality. That's why 24 Hours of Reality, a global event happening today and tomorrow (September 16-17), promises to be so refreshing: it's all about solutions and hope.