#Relationships

Want A Real Life? Then Let Go Of The Fairytale

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.18.2017 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

A fairytale may be pretty and perfect and have a "happy" ending, but it is not real. It is healthy to have fantasies, to use your imagination to create visions for the future, but those exceptional moments that offer opportunity and require movement, only exist in the real world.

Is Your Style Of Relating Successful Or Problematic?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In working with people for over 25 years, I've identified five styles of human interaction. What do I mean by five styles of interaction? I'm describing the ways that people relate to one-another based on what's driving them internally and how much awareness they're bringing to their relationships.

Want To Connect More To Others? Learn To 'Just Be' With Them

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

It seems that people have become more and more alienated lately. More often than not, our mode of interaction is transactional, as opposed to empathetic. "Empathetic" and "transactional" are two of the ways that people behave with one-another, and they're quite the opposite.

8 Tips For Telling Your Partner You've Been Sexually Assaulted

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Living

Be kind to yourself.

Common Law Spouses

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada
Suzana Popovic-Montag

It is increasingly common for couples to choose to live together without first getting married. This decision may be seen as an intermediary step in t...

Keeping The Divorce Talk Honest Can Help Your Kids Heal Faster

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

We want to prepare and protect our child against something dangerous. Our protective role is clear. So the truly complicating factor that makes talking to your children about divorce so difficult is that the parents are the source of the pain.

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 .

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas That Won't Break The Bank

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

Perfect as a romantic gesture, or a special something to make the day of a teacher, a friend, and of course the kids, there is nothing like a homemade gift to show someone you're thinking about them. And let's be honest -- who can resist a sweet treat? So get ready to make hearts melt with these perfect little recipes.

The Science Of Love, Sex And Hot Chocolate

Allison Carter | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Allison Carter

Valentine's Day is around the corner. You may be searching for love, falling in love, making sweet love, or sick of love. Like it or hate it, single or coupled, February 14 can be hard to ignore. Whatever camp you're in, recent studies on those in relationships and those who are single have discovered some interesting answers to questions you may be wondering about.

What Is A Fiduciary?

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Fiduciary can refer to a person acting in a position of trust or a particular kind of obligation. Both fiduciary relationships and fiduciary obligations are based in trust. When someone acts as a fiduciary, he or she has an obligation to act in utmost good faith for the benefit of the person or people with whose interests he or she is entrusted.

I Refuse To Drink The Haterade On Valentine's Day

Giselle Wedemire | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Living
Giselle Wedemire

Complaining to your coupled friends or shouting into the abyss on Twitter about how tacky Valentine's Day does no one any good. Instead, commiserate with like-minded haters for a few minutes, and then move on. Because the truth of the matter is this: not every holiday is going to apply to you, ever.

It's OK To Give Up On The Difficult Person In Your Life

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

There may come a time in your relationship with your difficult person when you realize it is never going to work out. You are never going to reach a middle ground. You are never going to change their behaviour. Is it OK to give up? Absolutely!

'So, You Won't Be Marrying A Tamil Girl?'

TamilCulture | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

That's what my dad asked when I told him I had found the one. He was only half-joking. I think. I'm currently in a long-distance relationship with a girl of Caucasian descent, otherwise known as a vella pettai. We consistently have issues that we need to work around.

Here's Why Women Regret One-Night Stands More Than Men

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Living

It's not because they don't get pleasure out of it.

10 Tips For Writing An Impressive Online Dating Profile

Linda Simpson | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

If you are over 50, then the days of bar hopping back in the 1960s, 70s or 80s are long gone. Chances are there are few potential suitors warming a bar stool in today's bar scene. But online there are a multitude of dating possibilities. Feeling a bit anxious about taking the step if you are a late blooming dating neophyte is common.

Stop Being A User And Open Your Heart To Others

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Using people or things isn't a valid solution to our feelings of loneliness, emptiness and alienation. Consuming things -- or other people -- has never made anyone happy. That's why someone who uses other people or things in order to fill the void is compelled to keep on being a user. It never feels like enough.

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.

'Tis the Season For Holidays And Horrible Marriages

Debra Macleod | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

You don't need to fix your problems because Christmas is coming. You need to fix them because they're chipping away at your happiness and well-being, and they're probably chipping away at the happiness and well-being of your kids, too.

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.

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.

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.

4 Secrets To Making A Difficult Situation Better

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Anger or anxiety disables our thinking brain. We need to re-calibrate what we are thinking in order to reclaim our emotional balance. That being said, when someone is putting pressure on us or elevating our blood pressure, stepping back and approaching things differently can help improve the outcome.

We Need To Build Bridges, Not Walls

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

The U.S. election has unleashed a style of aggression, anger, and hatred created like no other. There have been friendships lost, families torn apart, and relationships that will take a very long time to repair. If they even can repair. Sadly this type of situation happens all the time in the workplace.

My Grandmother Recognized Me As Trans The Day We Said Goodbye

Joshua M. Ferguson | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua M. Ferguson

I am a non-binary trans person. I know that many people do not yet understand what this means. Many people refuse to acknowledge my existence. Being seen as I am by people is a remarkable feeling, and my grandmother gave this gift to me in the most unexpected moment. My grandmother spent her minute of clarity, while suffering in a state of almost perpetual dementia and physical exhaustion, to give me a beautiful gift of cross-generational respect as a trans person. To see me as I am.