Positive Attitude

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Why We Feel Lonely Over The Holidays

Even when we're surrounded by loved ones, the holidays can trigger feelings of disconnection, isolation and loneliness. For those who have experienced a recent loss -- such as death, divorce or an empty nest -- loneliness is greater. Same goes for people who don't have family, whose family is far away, or who are estranged from their relatives.
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All People Living With ALS Deserve A Standing Ovation

Mauril Bélanger, MP, was recently named Honorary Speaker for a day in the House of Commons. He had put his name forward for the official position of House Speaker before his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He withdrew after learning of his illness. The House of Commons gave Bélanger a standing ovation for his courage, dignity and pride. And they were right to do so.

The Mother of All Mothers

Growing up in the 50's and 60's, my mother Lillian was primarily a "stay-at-home"mother. It's not that she didn't have high aspirations for her future, as she dreamed of being a dancer. However, times required she go to work directly after graduating high school as a bookkeeper for a dress manufacturer, her professional dancing dreams dashed.

The Key To Surviving Cancer

I have been writing about cancer surviorship and running for over four years now, and sometimes I find it hard to believe. When I first started writing the ideas just flowed from me. I was still a "fr...

Why Positive Thinking May Prevent You From Winning

It's appealing to think we can control our lives by thinking positive. That's why so many people have bought into the law of attraction. Walk around with a sulk on your face and you'll draw angry people and crummy outcomes that mirror your inner states. If only life were that simple...

2013 Was a Year of Endings and New Beginnings

We said goodbye to 2013 a couple of days ago. For me, it was a bittersweet good-bye; sad because I have always been emotional with them, and happy because 2013 was a year of endings and new beginnings. And that type of year is filled with sadness, hardship, effort and joy.
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How I Prepare to Teach a Yoga Class

You may think yogis are as non-judgmental as some of the spiritual texts would have you believe. The reality is this is a crowded profession. At yoga festivals like this, people give you just one chance. As a presenter if you give a mediocre class or have an off day, the word of mouth that this guy's class was "just ok" will filter through the festival and attendance will be low.
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It's My Cancer And I'll Cry If I Want To

As someone dealing with a pretty major crisis in her life, the pressure to remain positive at all times can be quite taxing. in those moments where it all comes rushing over me, I don't feel so chipper. And I don't think this makes me weak. I think it makes me human.
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Dispatches from Down East: Seeing the Best in People

Sometimes it is hard to see the best in people. It is hard to see the best in a spouse, friend or colleague who doesn't live up to the expectations set. Who views the world through a different lens or view point. Who doesn't share one's passion and goals. Where would I be if the ones I love hadn't taken the time to see the best in me?
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My Life After Cancer

Once diagnosed with cancer, a patient's life will never be the same. Once the turmoil of the diagnosis, and the subsequent treatment, whether it's surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, is over life as we know it now commences. There are ups and there are downs. Luckily for me, the ups far surpassed the downs.
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Turning 'Fails' into Fearlessness

Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty type of person? Is your inclination to give up at the first roadblock on your path? When we don't view failure as a disaster but as a learning tool, it does become easier to accept the lesson and grow professionally and personally. Keeping your sense of humour is key. Believe it or not, there may be a time when you look back and can laugh at your foibles.
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Girls for the Cure

If you put your mind to it, you can do anything and overcome any hardship. A positive attitude will enhance your life and surround you with the people who will ultimately not only be a positive influence in your life, but true supporters. As individuals we are the key to our success.