Love and Relationships

Practice Unconditional Love This Valentine's Day

Laila Eman | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Living
Laila Eman

Unconditional love is hard, it can be uncomfortable and frustrating at times, but in the end I believe it will be the most rewarding practice you can do for yourself and select loved ones. I say select loved ones, as this type of love doesn't mean to neglect self-care or selfishness.

Married After One Date

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

That's right! My husband and I had just one date before our wedding. Wise men say Only fools rush in But I can't help falling in love with you I'd n...

Generosity Is An Attractive Quality Anyone Can Fall In Love With

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

I fell for my husband the day he took a homeless man to lunch. Before then, my future mate had been a smart, funny, slightly older guy in the CBC newsroom where we both worked. But when I learned about his kindness to someone in need, David became "the one."

These 'Romantic' Gestures In Media Can Be Abusive In Real Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

On TV and in the movies, we see men and women exhibiting terrible behaviours, but the characters on the receiving end most often react as though these actions were reasonable and acceptable, giving the viewing audience the wrong message about how to go about their own relationships.

The Truth And Intention Behind Love And Romance

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Research shows that romance is a powerful and an important ingredient in one's life. In fact, brain scans show that men are activated by romance as strongly as women, indicating that romance applies to BOTH sexes. Surprised? If you are, it's because when it comes to romance, society views women as addicts and men as immune.

5 Ways For Single People To Have More Love On Valentine's Day

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

Even if you feel lonely on Valentine's Day, you can bring more love to yourself and to others. And who knows, with all this love in your heart, you might just attract a new partner into your life in the coming days. Here are five ways to do just that.

Texters, Daters And The Challenges Of Modern Love

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In speaking with numerous women over the past several years, I've heard all sorts of dating stories, and it seems that there are two types of men, these days: men who want to meet in person and men who don't: the daters and the texters.

10 Signs That You're On A Bad First Date

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've noticed that sometimes, people on a date are miserable but feel compelled to stay until the logical conclusion of the activity, whether it's coffee, a meal or drinks. They don't realize that they're free to end the date at any point if they're not feeling it or if they're not having a good time.

The Secret Pain Of Caretakers

Lenora Thompson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

Staring up at the constellation Orion on a crisp winter's night, I wonder how much longer I can bear the pain. The pain of watching my husband cringe ...

Finding Grace In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

It has taken me almost my entire lifetime to realize that what I thought was the "worst of me", was in fact the "best of me". And all those years I spent escaping to the margins of society have been a beautiful blessing in disguise.

Authenticity Takes The Loneliness Out Of A Struggling Relationship

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Intimacy requires authenticity, because if you're not real, the other person can't see you for who you are. If you're never authentic, other people will be interacting with a persona, and you won't be loved for your true self. Even if you're in a relationship, you'll be terribly lonely.

How To Survive And Thrive As A Couple This Holiday Season

Sue Nador | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

There is so much hype about the holidays. Unfortunately, our romantic notions are too often dashed and replaced with resentment, exhaustion and financial stress. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of compromise, perspective and goodwill, you can survive and even thrive as a dynamic duo.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

5 Ways Yoga Will Improve Your Relationship

Rachel Scott | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Scott

Next time you hit a challenge, recreate your Savasana space by taking five deep breaths and clearing your mind. Reconnect to the calm beneath the storm. And then decide if him forgetting to get the groceries is really that big of a deal.

A Love Letter On The Mirror Would Make Anyone's Day

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living

This hubby has the whole "for better or for worse" thing down pat.

A Rebound Could Be What Your Breakup Needs

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Like most things in life, there is no one right way to get over a relationship that has ended. So if you have had a recent breakup, go ahead and get back out there like Blake and Gwen. Or feel free to treat yourself to some ice cream, rom com's and alone time. Either way will lead you to a better understanding of yourself.

Living Together Is Just As Good As Getting Married

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living

The moral of the story: do what feels right to you!

Single? Here's How You Can Find Love Over The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

One of the best parts about dating during the holidays is that it's naturally a romantic time of the year, especially for us lucky Canadians. The snowy atmosphere provides not only the perfect cozy setting to snuggle up with your sweetie, but also the opportunity for new dating adventures.

Let's Stop Freaking Out When Company Is Coming

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Company is coming! Get rid of the couches. We can't let people know we SIT! ...There cannot be any sign of LIVING in this house... I want this place looking like a new Mediterranean fusion restaurant by noon... This is a dishtowel. I need a hand towel. What are we? Barbarians!?!" Does this ring any bells?

Why Is She Agonizing About The Size?

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

What is part of her body causes the most shame, crashes her confidence, and ultimately takes her mind of from indulging pleasure?It's her vulva. Vulva is what most of you keep calling vagina; it consists of the external genital organs. So many women are in agony worrying that their inner lips might be too big or too small.

What It's Like to Be a Professional Cuddler

Carlen Costa | Posted 10.14.2015 | 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.

3 Ways to Overcome the Fears That Foil True Love

Mario & Diane Cloutier | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Mario & Diane Cloutier

People often ask us, "What's the one thing you have to do to find the right partner after having experienced a major heartbreak?" Our unequivocal answer is: Overcome fear. It's the one critical factor that gets in the way of individuals venturing on the romantic recovery path.

8 Ways to Improve Your Love Life Today

Simone Katerine | Posted 10.26.2015 | 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.

A Broken Heart Can Be Healed Through Introspection

Mario & Diane Cloutier | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Living
Mario & Diane Cloutier

We firmly believe it's possible to find love again after experiencing a major heartbreak, but be forewarned: "possible" doesn't mean "easy." The first obstacle to surmount is fear. This is the most critical roadblock to moving forward and finding love again. Fear is often so dominant that it can crush any new budding relationship before it takes bloom.

How a Chance Encounter Made Me Less of a Cynic About Love

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

Fairytales aren't just reserved for the few, or the unique, or even the "lucky ones." Getting to meet the love of my life didn't happen in an abstract magical way. It happened, and it was certainly something attainable, even by a hardened skeptic like myself.