Relationship Advice

Improv Makes You A Better Partner

Carly Heffernan | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Carly Heffernan

The benefits of Improv are mysteriously never-ending. It's basically Kombucha for the soul. I know this from first hand experience. Some of the perks are obvious; more confidence, more perspective, more Facebook friends. Others take a keener eye to observe, especially when it comes to romance.

Why "We're Just Friends" Is Often A Lie

Debra Macleod | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

The truth is, many opposite-sex friendships are sustained because of a simmering attraction between two people. If circumstances were different, they could easily be sexual partners. And they know it. This underlying current of attraction makes talking, texting and spending time together as "just friends" all the more exciting. It has an erotic edge to it.

Telltale Signs Your Man Is Dating An Insecure Woman

Collette Gee | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Ever get this nagging feeling that your man is pulling away from you, but you don't know why? Your mind creates vivid images about him spending time with another woman because somewhere deep down inside you don't feel good enough for him. If this is something you're experiencing, then your man is dating an insecure woman.

Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Kind?

Silken Laumann | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

Kindness matters, I know this, I coach this, I speak about the power of kindness, and yet -- in my primary relationship (you know, that relationship with my husband), being kind seems to be in a wrestling match with being right. Being right just feels so good. It is a lustful emotion, an instinctual one, a need that can be sort of addiction.

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.

Surprising Percentage Of Men Have Never Been In Love

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living

True love is hard people.

How To Hang On To Your Marriage When You Have A Kid

Tara Mandarano | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I never fully realized how much of a strain parenting would be on my relationship until my daughter arrived. Sure, in theory I knew that having a baby would change everything -- forever -- but I didn't really grasp just how much that extra person would alter the fabric and dynamic of our lives.

Being Friends With An Ex May Mean You're A Psychopath

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.15.2016 | Canada Living

You might be a bit of a psychopath.

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.

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.

How To Build A Quality Professional Network

Kelly Lovell | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

Many professionals emphasize networking and strategies to build networks, however, there is little focus on network maintenance. The best networks are the ones we can call on for support when needed. For example, are we comfortable asking for a favour from someone we spoke to once at a party a year ago? In this case, the quality of the relationship is more important than the number of contacts in the address book.

There's A Difference Between Being 'Nice' And Being Kind

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The truth is that if you're a people-pleaser, you've been using the people in your life to compensate for something that's been missing within you; you've been focused on getting others to meet a need, rather than on creating real connections. This might explain why you're not as happy as you could be, today.

The Perfect Married Man Tells You How To Be the Perfect Married Woman

BLUNTmoms | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Living
BLUNTmoms

Hold your own damn purse. Seriously. You chose to bring it. You probably knew where you were going. If it's a problem for you, it's a problem for you. If it's a hassle to have it, learn to not bring it. Deal.... The perfect married man acknowledges that he has been domesticated. He neither needs nor desires to have his domestication hung on him like a sign. It's your purse.

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.

How To Grow Intimacy Through 10 Ordinary Day-To-Day Practices

Sue Nador | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

It's so easy to take our partners for granted, especially when we've been together for a while (like my husband and me). Instead, my husband thanks me for my work even if it's on my side of the domestic ledger, and I try to do the same.

When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

So what's a parent to do when they realize that their child, for whatever reason, is having difficulty making or maintaining friendships? No parent wants to feel that their child is missing out or... being shunned for one reason or another... Yet, this is the reality for too many children who face rejection on a daily basis.

How Divorce Teaches You To Share Your Kids

Heather Feldstein | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Heather Feldstein

In our lifetime we share so many things and people....but what happens when those people are suddenly your children? How do you share them with someone with whom you used to share your life and dreams?

How Dating Can Be A Spiritual Experience

Rachel Scott | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Scott

Whenever we meet someone, some deep part of our psyche perks up and says, "I don't know why, but this person that I just met is incredibly important and they could be the absolute key to my happiness and well-being for the rest of my life." The endorphins kick in, the toes start to tingle and pretty soon we've imagined the relationship, the marriage, the kids and the divorce before the second date.

5 Relationship Types Proving There Really Is Someone For Everyone

Collette Gee | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

As humans we share an innate desire to connect with others. However, not all people seek to connect for the same reasons, or in the same way. Some people choose to connect a little. While some people need to connect a lot.

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.

For A Happy Valentine's Day, Forget The Romance

Rachel Scott | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Scott

You heard me. Set romance aside with all of its ideas about candlelit dinners and flowers. Think about what you love to do. Rock climbing? Great! Museum-crawling? Delightful! Let go of the traditional and think outside the box.

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.

8 Ways To Have More Sophisticated Sex With Your Sweetheart

Debra Macleod | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Have your formerly grand romantic efforts dwindled to a half-hearted, "So, you wanna?" Well, today is your -- and your partner's -- lucky day. Here are eight easy ways to class-up a sex life that has fallen out of fashion.