Positive Thinking

Who's The Fairest Of Them All? You Are, Says IKEA

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Living

Who's the fairest of them all? IKEA's motivational mirror will say it's you. In fact, it will always tell you good things, no matter what. A vid...

7 Questions That Will Help You Spring Forward in Life

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

I just love this time of year and the pull forward that spring represents. This season prompts us to spring clean and rid ourselves of what no longer serves us. In the light of the new season, here are seven questions that may help you spring forward.

Saying Yes to Your Passion Can Mean Saying No to Others

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

It's the time we clean our closets to get rid of things that no longer work, hoping to add something bright and colourful. By following that same practice with our behaviours we can live a more expansive and rewarding life. Start by learning to say yes to your passions and no to things that get in the way, especially items on another's agenda!

Creating Positive Change in 4 Easy Steps

Carlen Costa | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada
Carlen Costa

When it comes down to it, if we want to change how we experience the world, we must make the choice to change it. Newly enlightened self awareness can...

How To Be A Hero At Work

Deri Latimer | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada
Deri Latimer

A hero is a person who demonstrates noble qualities like generosity, courage and kindness. Each of these words fit the hero I just met. His name is Gilles M. and he has inspired this blog post, as well as getting me thinking about how to be a hero in my own life.

Want To Avoid The Nursing Home? Think Positive

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

Leading an independent life well into old age and keeping chronic diseases at bay could be as simple as adopting a positive, sprightly attitude and en...

Why Positive Thinking May Prevent You From Winning

Elan Divon | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

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...

Immunize Your Organization Against Negativity

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

So, if we can immunize ourselves from the nasty effects of influenza with a vaccine, what can you do to immunize yourself and your organization against negativity (that can absolutely be nasty and contagious and cost your organization time, energy, and money?

Having Friends Is Actually Good For You

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

It is well established that our brains are social. Neuroscience is confirming what we have always known: we are better -- healthier and happier -- when we have friends. So, if you're thinking that you might want to re-connect with some old friends, or cultivate some new friends, here are 15 reasons to get you started.

Do What Gives You Energy and Drop the Rest

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

It's a fast-paced world and women work hard. We have homes to maintain, families to care for and demanding jobs. All this takes mountains of energy yet we continue to spend time on things that don't really interest or support us. It's time for women to cut to the chase and do the things that give us energy while getting rid of the rest.

Taming the Obnoxious Roommate in Your Head

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

"Where do you get off thinking you'll be successful? You'll never make it!" screams a critical voice into your already uncertain head. Arianna Huffington calls it "the obnoxious roommate in your head" that causes you to doubt yourself and question all your actions and decisions. Here's a few strategies for dealing with her.

What the Third Metric Means to Me

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post and one of the most powerful women in media, says it is time to redefine the workplace. We need to add a third leg to the stool that measures success by money and power. Our personal well-being is an equally important metric. When we do that we'll become more productive and our companies will benefit as well.

Turning Regret Into Action

Natasha Koifman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Very often, we use our "current" self to judge decisions that we made in the past. But we weren't the same person then. Instead, try to get back inside the head of the "you" who made those decisions. You'll often find that you were making a fair and balanced decision based on the facts available to you at the time and the emotional space you were in.

People For Good Use Good Deeds to Make Your Day Better

Karen Cleveland | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Karen Cleveland

To cram into a packed subway train, you might never guess this is a country known for its politesse. But People for Good, a coalition formed in 2011 by a collaboration between a media and creative agency, has a simple, albeit grandiose, mandate: to make the world a kinder place, one good deed at a time.

Happy Mother's Day

Andrea Paine | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

It has been six years since my life took a drastic change with my diagnosis of breast cancer. Back then I was a forty five year old that had finall...

Seven Ways to Generate Positive Thoughts

Trevor Blake | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Living
Trevor Blake

The words we say to ourself and others, as well as those we hear, generate positive thoughts or negative ones, and these are quickly transformed into behaviours and emotional states. Here are seven ways to use your own words to generate positive outcomes.

It's My Cancer And I'll Cry If I Want To

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

2013-02-04-kickingcancersass.jpg 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.

Creating Young Game Changers in 2013

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Deri Latimer

I am on a mission. My mission is to increase the messaging and information about positive mental health. I believe that the more we practice positive mental health, every day, the less chance there is that negative, debilitating, fateful thoughts, feelings or actions will transpire. There simply will not be room for those thoughts, feelings, and actions to take over.

How Cancer Has Shaped My New Year's Resolution

Andrea Paine | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I got brave and decided that I was not going to make any more resolutions. I made a promise to myself: to win my battle, succeed in my journey, and be around for another year. At year end I also gave thanks and felt the gratitude in my heart that I was around and thriving. This has worked out well for me. Until now.

Life as I Know it, After Cancer

Andrea Paine | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

I have been a cancer survivor for a little over five years. Throughout my journey, I have remained positive, sometimes scared, and at times frustrated. The base of it all, though, is my belief that I will thrive and live a healthy, full life. No matter how many rounds of chemo or radiation you have to endure, or follow-up surgeries you have to undergo, take heart.

Lighten the Load and Give It All You've Got!

Barbara Berezowski | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Living
Barbara Berezowski

Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with the many responsibilities in life? There are times you probably feel you can't possibly make it all work, ending each day feeling hopelessly behind schedule and possibly anxious, irritable or depressed. Rather than buckling under the pressure of an impossible to-do list, you should take a moment to view the larger perspective.

Dispatches from Down East: Seeing the Best in People

Lori Gard | Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada
Lori Gard

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?

How You Can Positively Re-Enforce The Mentally Ill

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

In my last post I talked about words we use everyday and the context in which we use them that could come across as offensive to those with mental illness. However, as an advocate I could do more to make the public aware of the positive things they can say or do to support those mental health difficulties.

Surrounded by Workplace Complainers? Here's How (and Why) To Defend Yourself

Trevor Blake | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Business
Trevor Blake

Negative thinking at work, or being around negative coworkers, can decrease your workplace performance. Chronic exposure to negative messages from complainers will reinforce negative thinking and behaviour. Here are nine ways to defend yourself against workplace complaints -- yours and others' -- so you can rewire your brain and boost the occurrence of positive thoughts and behaviours.

Turning 'Fails' into Fearlessness

Anne Day | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Living
Anne Day

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.