Relationship Advice

Bring Joy To Your Relationship

Susan Valentine | Posted 03.17.2017 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

Ooh, couples, what is it that really breaks our heart? A lack of joy. It doesn't matter if we're embroiled in anger and blame, or frozen out by cold and distant withdrawal. Couples in crisis are not experiencing joy, either individually or together.

The More Stuff We Have, The Less Joy We Feel

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.20.2017 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As a therapist I often see people searching for fulfillment and meaning in their lives. Many people come into my office trying to figure out why they have so many beautiful things in their lives, but are unable to enjoy life. They often seek therapy because they are feeling unsettled and unhappy. This seems to not just be an individual struggle, but a societal struggle as well. It appears that as a society we have an abundance -- but we are struggling with high levels of depression and left feeling unsatisfied despite all of the beautiful stuff we surround ourselves with .

These Veterans Have Been Married For 71 Years. This Is Their Love Story

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

They've come a long way since they were 20-somethings performing for troops in the army. Today, Eddie and Bernice (also known as "Bunny") are 95-years-old, and both live together at Sunnybrook's Veterans Centre.

Couples That Laugh Together, Stay Together, Says Science

AFP/RelaxNews | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living

So don't be afraid to show your quirky side!

These Couple Behaviours Are So Weird That They're Normal

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Living

"The key to love, don't take things so seriously."

Teach Your Loved One To Love Organization As Much As You

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Living

It'll take effort and compromise, but it's worth it.

How To Recognize An Abusive Relationship

Collette Gee | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Abuse comes in many forms, and it's important to recognize the different types. The most visible form of abuse is physical abuse, when your partner hits you. The other types of abuse: mental, emotional and verbal abuse are forms of abuse, however not as overt as physical violence.

Here's What Your Partner Really Wants For Xmas

Debra Macleod | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Your partner wants you to stop checking your Facebook feed at the movie theatre. To stop getting that glazed-over look in your eye, the one you get when you're in the middle of an actual face-to-face conversation, but you feel that itch to check your phone. Your partner really, really wants you to stop ignoring them or half-listening as you check your emails for the gazillionth time that day. Your partner wants you to stop texting your "friend" while you're lying in the privacy of your bed.

How To Break Up When You've Been Together Forever

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Living

Try taking a break first.

Is Your Relationship Healthy Or Unhealthy?

Collette Gee | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Just less than ten years ago if someone you knew was in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, they didn't discuss it, and neither did you. Most people went by the notion of once you were married, you were married for better or for worse. Therefore most people who were in unhealthy relationships stayed in these relationships, and if the relationship did somehow end in most cases it was due to the death of one of the people in the relationship.

Survival Tips For Couples Sharing A Studio Apartment

Houzz.com | Melissa Cowan | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Living

Tips to help keep harmony in your home.

Here's Why You Shouldn't Go To Bed Angry

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living

At least, according to science.

How We Unconsciously Damage Important Relationships

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

All of these lead to being inspired to set goals and take action - compare in order to set a healthy goal; compete to be the best leader at home or at work; and never be so comfortable that you become complacent.

Don't Let An STD Keep You From Finding Love

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living

You aren't alone.

The Secret To Great Communication Is Simple

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Whether the relationship is personal or professional, communicating with people you care about is an art, kind of like dancing the Tango. Good communication takes practice and effort, but once you know the secret to great communication, you can have better, deeper and more meaningful connections.

Counselling Can Ruin What's Left Of Your Struggling Marriage

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Many people feel that marriage counselling is ineffective, yet it remains the prevailing approach to relationship troubles, even in the majority of situations where psychological problems are not present. It's time to think outside the box.

Look Out For 'Friends' Who Exploit Your Teen's Insecurities

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Throughout the teen years, vulnerabilities crop up. That, in turn, makes them susceptible to controlling friends. To identify negative relationships your teen needs to clearly understand the attributes of possessiveness, isolation and jealousy. These are strategies used by others to control a person.

22 Dating Anniversary Gift Ideas For Him Or Her

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Living

Remember, it's the thought that counts.

You Can Save Your Marriage In 60 Seconds

Debra Macleod | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Got a minute? Good. Let's see how you can start to improve the dynamics in your marriage right now. It's like this: There are sixty seconds in your day that are absolutely pivotal in terms of how you and your spouse will relate to each other for the entire day and night. Ready?

Tips For A Successful First Vacation As A Couple

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Living

Talk about money before you go.

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.

Being An "Alpha Mom" Is Killing Your Marriage

Debra Macleod | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Debra Macleod

When does a wife become an Alpha Parent? When they become the person who hovers over her husband when he changes the baby's diaper or prepares a meal, just waiting for him to do something wrong -- or rather, something different than she does -- so that she can correct him, criticize him or just take over with an exasperated, "Oh, I'll do it."

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.