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Not a Cat Person

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

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 w...

A New Year Filled With Wonder

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Do you long for the good old days of childhood when things seemed much simpler, easier, more joyful and laid back? Maybe it never was that way for you, but it can be "yet to come" by simply reinstating a sense of wonder in your life. Arianna Huffington advocates wonder as an antidote to daily stress.

Why 'Elf on the Shelf' Has a Place in My Heart

Lori Gard | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

At first, I was a skeptic. I'd read the blogs, the warnings and the curses that were written about Elf on the Shelf. I could feel the hate. This elf would leave terror and anarchy in his wake. He'd behave badly. In short, he'd be a pain in the...

Eight Choices That Will Make You Happier

Lynda Fishman | Posted 12.15.2013 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

As I reflect on my past experiences, I understand and have internalized the importance of making positive choices. I know that I generalize, but I truly believe that the more choices we make, the more alive we feel, and the more alive we feel, the healthier our choices.

When Running Is Futile and Giving Brings the Joy Back

Lori Gard | Posted 12.13.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

I have been feeling it all week -- like a balloon expanding far past its limit. It pushes on my chest and squeezes my lungs. Stress. Anxiety. Tension....

How I Ended Up Living Happily Ever After

Lynda Fishman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

Barry and I were both 17 when we met. We had just finished high school. I was dealing with my tragedy -- the death of my mother and two younger sisters. Barry was an orphan, responsible for his older brother with special needs. And there we stood, in the "Land of Oz" at the start of the "Yellow Brick Road" -- the beginning of our journey together.

Finding the Joy in Monotony

Andrea Foster | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Foster

The jackhammer pounded the garage floor all day. Periodically, a saw blade screeched and the jackhammer took a brief rest. Next, the old floor was bro...

The Price You Must Pay to Follow Your Dreams

Shannon Skinner | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg As a talk show host, I love to delve into the what inspires the hearts of my guests -- and their success secrets. I also know there is a price to pay for success. The question is: what is the price you are willing to pay? Every goal we set out to achieve has a price tag attached. When we look at the big picture, we must determine if we are willing to pay the price to follow our desires.

My New Year's Resolution...Five Months Later

Erin Gee | Posted 07.19.2012 | Canada
Erin Gee

Rather than make a resolution that you'll end up forgetting or failing at, make one that sounds exciting and dramatic, something that is achievable, fun, but also something that will push you out of your comfort zone, allowing you to become (even slightly) a better person. It is this change that is your reward.

20 Steps to Genuine Happiness

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

When we're clear about where to find happiness, we can make the kinds of choices that will maximize our chances of having more of it. Here's a list of ingredients that you can combine in your own way to move toward greater happiness.