Relationship Advice

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.

10 Signs That You're On A Bad First Date

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've noticed that sometimes, people on a date are miserable but feel compelled to stay until the logical conclusion of the activity, whether it's coffee, a meal or drinks. They don't realize that they're free to end the date at any point if they're not feeling it or if they're not having a good time.

11 Tips To Coming Out On Top After A Breakup

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living

#2: Do not pour your heart out online.

Superficial Small Talk Is Step One To Creating Intimacy

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

It's been my experience, on a personal and professional level, that for real connections to happen, we need to move slowly in our process of opening up. I understand Mr. Boomer's frustration with the unending stream of platitudes he was encountering, but I don't think that going to the other extreme is the answer.

8 Relationship Resolutions Every Couple Should Make

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ah, we all love a fresh start, don't we? But between charging up that new Fitbit and vowing to stay on budget, be sure to make a few promises to your sweetheart. Here are eight relationship resolutions every couple should make.

Authenticity Takes The Loneliness Out Of A Struggling Relationship

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Intimacy requires authenticity, because if you're not real, the other person can't see you for who you are. If you're never authentic, other people will be interacting with a persona, and you won't be loved for your true self. Even if you're in a relationship, you'll be terribly lonely.

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Ashamed To Use Lube

Simone Katerine | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Simone Katerine

A few months ago, the internet lit up in a frenzy when UFC fighter Ronda Rousey attempted to give sex advice by suggesting, "You should never need lube in your life. If you need lube, then you're being lazy." Her comment is completely misguided and misinformed.

How To Survive And Thrive As A Couple This Holiday Season

Sue Nador | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

There is so much hype about the holidays. Unfortunately, our romantic notions are too often dashed and replaced with resentment, exhaustion and financial stress. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of compromise, perspective and goodwill, you can survive and even thrive as a dynamic duo.

What To Know Before Marrying Your Best Friend

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living

Including how to take their criticism.

Bad Relationship Habits To Break Before The New Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living

There's nothing wrong with the two of you ... but here's how to make it even better.

I Won't Be Silenced By My Battle With Depression

Jen Kirsch | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Living
Jen Kirsch

Life was good. Until it wasn't. Because something that I can only refer to as stroke-like symptoms started to take over me, seemingly out of nowhere. A Mumford & Son's song blared in the background (I had just come home from a month long tour across the southern U.S. with them,) as I started to lose feeling in the left side of my body. First in my hand, palm and up my arm, then in my foot, calf, thigh and entire left leg. I wanted to tell my guy that something was happening to me, but I struggled to get any tangible words out of my mouth.

How To Keep A Relationship Strong In Bad Times

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Living

Canadian Olympian and relationship guru Brianne Theisen-Eaton offers three tips for a healthy relationship.

Why Holiday Break Ups Are The Worst

Collette Gee | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

While breaking up is hard to do you know when things just aren't working out anymore. People who've experienced a sudden breakup during the holidays for example always assume the break up wasn't planned, and therefore begin to question whether the breakup was caused by some recent event caused by something they did or said.