Love and Relationships

Are You Settling In Life?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Can I ask you a personal question? Are you settling? In your love life, are you settling for something that is okay rather than striving for something that is extraordinary? Have you ever, in the stillness of a date night or on the morning of New Year's day gotten a glimpse of the truth? The truth that maybe you don't love him the way he deserves to be loved, that he doesn't love you the way you deserve to be loved?

You Cannot Have The Big Love Without The Big Risk

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

When you truly connect and are present with another human being you create a powerful emotional vulnerability in yourself and others. Disconnection is a self-protective mechanism that is activated when we feel highly vulnerable. This self-protection then leads us to pull back and withdraw.

For A Happier Relationship, Lead By Example

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Don't wait for your partner to give you what you need. And don't waste your energy complaining. Instead, give HIM what YOU need and he'll demonstrate the same behaviour in return.

Your Family Wants You To Date Boring Guys, And This Is Why

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living

They just want you to end up with a good person.

Twenty Years Of Marriage: A Love Story

Lori Gard | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

She kissed him one morning, some twenty-two years after their lips had first touched. It was something that felt strange and bizarre, new and yet comfortably familiar. And it was in that moment that she knew, even after all these years, in spite of all the pain and trouble and joy and elation they had both shared -- through the good and the bad: she knew that she still loved him.

12 Ways To Keep Your Long Distance Relationship Happy

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living

Long distance love doesn't always lead to heartbreak.

The Ambitious Woman's Guide To Finding Love

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The right man for an ambitious woman is the type who is inspired, impressed and excited by her achievements and her goals, and who has interests of his own to share with you. He should be supportive and encouraging and never make you feel guilty about the time and energy you spend at work.

LGBT Muslim Youth Deserve The Love Of Both Their Families

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

LGBT Muslim youth deserve the unconditional love of their families and their larger, faith-based families. They should not have to deal with homelessness or estrangement from their families irrespective of any theological differences on same-sex marriages.

Healthy Boundaries: Avoiding Burnout And Learning To Say No

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Learning when to say "no" can be the greatest gift in your life. Because when you say "yes" to people or projects in order to not lose respect in peo...

What True Love Looks Like In Real Life

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.

If you're evaluating your current relationship based on the guidelines listed below, keep in mind that these are ideals to strive for. They are standards that can spark productive conversation with your partner.

Cheating Is Natural, Monogamy Isn't, Says Professor

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living

Cheating is often considered a choice, but a psychology professor from the University of Washington says it's actually our biological inclination. ...

How To Go From Online Relationships To Real-Life Ones

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Online communication is all about flashy surfaces and instant gratification. Everything you want is beautiful and glamorous and available at the touch of a finger. Real-life interactions are different.

This Major Predictor Of Infidelity Is Also A Love Enhancer

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.

In my experience as a psychologist working with couples, unless a relationship has truly run its course, most people who cheat end up regretting their choice and hurting more people than they could ever anticipate. Wouldn't it be helpful to conduct a simple self-assessment to gauge the strength of your connection?

How To Survive A Breakup

Natasha Koifman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Of all the stresses we experience in life, a breakup is one of the worst. It shakes the foundation of your life at its core and shatters the world that you once knew, wreaking havoc on your mental and physical health. There's a reason they call it heartache! As painful as a breakup is, it can also be a time for learning and growth, opening up a new world of possibilities ... even new love.

Bad Relationship Habits Span Generations (But You Can Fix Them)

Victoria Lorient-Faibish | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Victoria Lorient-Faibish

Life will often gift us with an opportunity for deeper self-knowledge through experiences that will produce pain, suffering and despair. These can be great motivators for change if we are courageous enough to actually listen to what life is saying so that we can learn from the lessons at hand.

5 Reasons It's Okay To Always Be On Your Phone

Jamie Logie | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

As much as people say our human interaction has become limited due to our use of phones the truth is when you're in an environment you can embrace, the human connection will take over. Our phones have helped bridge the gap in getting us where we want to be with the people we want to be with, whether it's concerts, restaurants, movies or sporting events. The human connection and experience is still the goal, it's just that phones help us accomplish this a little faster.

Do You Know Why You're A People-pleaser?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Some people are really, really nice. They're almost never angry but most always pleasant and agreeable, no matter what's going on around them. We all know at least one person like this. Maybe, you're one of them? Maybe you're someone who tries really hard to make others happy; someone who is careful not to do or say anything that might upset anyone; someone who avoids confrontation at all costs. If this sounds like you, then you're probably a People-Pleaser, and there's a reason you ended up that way.

To Get Ahead, Stop Being Nice And Start Being Real

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being too nice is meant to promote harmonious relationships, but in reality, it creates dishonest interactions in which the other person doesn't know the real you and therefore will never be able to respond to your real needs.

It Has Been 20 Years Since My Divorce, And I Am Better For It

Linda Simpson | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Twenty-five years ago I would have told you I was the luckiest woman in the world. I was married to my best friend who I adored and had two wonderful sons. I had it all including the home and picket fence. As it turned out, there was no luck in my marriage. The marital secrets he revealed crippled me emotionally for years after the breakup.

As A Tamil Man, I Suffered In Silence During Our Unwanted Pregnancy

TamilCulture | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Parents
TamilCulture

As Tamils, we find unwed pregnancy to be such a crime that it restricts those who need someone to lean on in times of despair. I had no one I could go to.My partner did not want anyone to know. From the day we found out we were pregnant to months after we had aborted the child, I had to keep all of my emotions to myself.

5 Bad Breakup Mistakes You Want To Avoid

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

If you're unhappy in your relationship and you've tried unsuccessfully to make it work, you're only prolonging your misery by not ending things. People tend to indulge in a lot of false hope that a person or situation will change, but if you've tried and tried and your relationship is no better, maybe it's time to cut your losses and get out.

Looking For Love? The Car You Drive Could Hold The Key

Simone Katerine | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

According to a new study, when it comes to your romantic desirability, your choice in vehicle doesn't matter -- at least not in the way that you'd think. As it turns out, breaking the bank on an exotic car won't increase your chances of being lucky in love, as the majority of Canadians (51 per cent) find mainstream brands, such as Ford and Toyota, most attractive for a potential mate to drive -- even over luxury and exotic cars.

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."