Resilience

Your Child Needs Emotional Agility To Succeed

Linda Simpson | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Extensive rigorous research demonstrates that an emotionally secure child has a healthy understanding of interpersonal skills and improved academic performance. Every parent knows the pain of seeing their child in distress over some emotional hurt. As parents we must accept that we cannot make 'boo boo's go away for their entire life. Let them feel it and learn some agility skills. Dexterity counts in the game of life too.

Good Luck?

Jeff Melanson | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada
Jeff Melanson

In my last Huffington Post piece on Happenstance, I discussed the importance of remaining open to and honouring the role of chance in our lives. While...

Worried That Your Teen's Stressed? You're Probably Right

Linda Simpson | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

The question is - as parents, how do we teach our children effective stress management tools? My philosophy has always been "begin at the beginning." Ask your child to identify how they know they are feeling stressed.

Why Some People Never Seem To Get Sick

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to fortify our immune system with extra doses of vitamins, it seems to be a losing battle year after year. Yet some folks never appear to get affected. They just sail through this treacherous season without a hitch. How do these lucky few do it?

La Loche Community Deserves So Much More Than To Be Forgotten

Caitlin Wood | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Caitlin Wood

I lost my older brother, Adam Wood, in the shooting in La Loche. Recently my family and I travelled to the remote community to remember him, the other victims whose lives were so tragically taken, and so many who still bear the wounds from that day.

Learning To Live With The Presence Of Absence

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Resilience has very little to do with surviving, and everything to do with awakening into where you are at this very moment. When we distance ourselves from, or anaesthetize ourselves against trauma and loss, we inadvertently diminish the potential breadth and beauty of our life.

Choosing To Move Forward

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada
Jean-Paul Bedard

I am an elite athlete, and I'm known for running insanely long distances, and for brushing up against the limits of human endurance. But over the past...

Our Children Are Listening To Leaders Who Bully

Linda Simpson | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

In 2016, as our children watched, bullying became legitimate. What we accept without dissent, what we allow to be framed as normal, alters according to our level of desensitization. We have become increasingly desensitized to bullying behaviour.

Why We All Need To Talk About Mental Illness

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Even though I currently find myself on the other side of depression, I am ever so aware of how thin that veil is between me and fragile mental health. It's times like these, when I'm feeling my strongest, that I realize how important it is to bring depression to the fore.

Why Do We See Resilience In Others And Not In Ourselves?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

We often think of resilience as a manifestation of the human spirit's ability to survive the unfathomable -- those grand disasters and tragedies that populate news headlines and our social media feeds. It's as though we don't believe resilience could possible be at play in the midst of our own "mundane" life.

The 5 Habits Of Psychological Resilience

Deri Latimer | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

Resilience is the ability to absorb high levels of change, while maintaining your personal resourcefulness. It is more than stress management. Stress management is about 'managing' or getting rid of something that is negative (that you don't want). Developing or building resilience is more about creating something positive (that you want). Focusing on what you want to create provides you with opportunities and 'answers' that will not come to you when you focus on what you want to eliminate.

For A Lesson In Career Success, Look To The Humble Weeble

Monique Caissie | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

"You know what you are? You are a Weeble!" At first, I was trying to figure out if this was a compliment. "You are a Weeble." Then a genuine smile crossed my face when I realized he was right. All the things that I was doing were the things that you could learn from a Weeble.

How To Teach Your Child To Cope With Failure

Erin Silver | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I want them to know there's merit trying. The cross country season has passed us by, but there are still spelling tests, math tests, hockey games, baseball tryouts and track and field. They won't win every game. They won't make every team. But they will try again. I know they can.

Embracing The Uncertainty Of Life Leads To Resilience

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

A characteristic of resilience is having an ability to make decisions without having all the answers figured out first. I believe this comes from a faith that no matter how something works out, you will either have success or you will learn something important about yourself.

ACT: A Mental Health Strategy For Overcoming Life's Obstacles

Deri Latimer | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Sometimes you are just rolling along and -- WHAM! -- you are broadsided by an unexpected obstacle. No matter the obstacle, there is a simple and practical strategy that can help you move through the obstacle and either get back on track or find a new track all together!

Resilience Is Found In 'The Return'

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

A few years ago, I disclosed to my wife that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse -- a secret I thought I would harbor in my soul until the day I died. What is someone to do when the person they so dearly love shares such searing pain with them?

In Diversity There Is Strength

David Suzuki | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

It's been shocking to watch news of the Brexit vote in Britain, Donald Trump's promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. and the ongoing threats and violence against ethnic minorities in many parts of the world. I'm not a political or social scientist, but my training as a biologist gives me some insight. Within ecosystems, species diversity provides greater flexibility to adjust to disturbances. Around the planet, ecosystem diversity has enabled life to flourish under different conditions.

4 Ways You Can Start Living With Resilience Now

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I think it's safe to say that as a society, we are rather risk-averse. We are eager to walk a smoother path, and are naturally drawn to life hacks, shortcuts and workarounds. But are we doing ourselves, and more importantly our children, a disservice by sidestepping the lessons of adversity?

Resilience Dictates How You Pick Up The Pieces After Loss

Deborah Nixon | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Living
Deborah Nixon

How individuals face these tough situations depends on their character and personality. Some are stoic and recognize that they need to make major changes in their lives and their assumptions. They get down to work and rebuild, creating something new out of what remains.

Mental Health Strategies To Help You Have A Great New School Year

Deri Latimer | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Whether you are entering grade school, high school, college or university, this time of year can indeed bring conflicting emotions. You can start to positively impact your mental health right now, and every action you take to improve your mental health can positively impact your results (that includes your grades, your relationships and your overall sense of joy)!

Why Are Some People More Resilient Than Others?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Have you ever wondered what separates those rare individuals who are able to step forward after trauma and adversity from those of us who are stunted, derailed, or in some way consumed by similar life circumstances or events? As a society, we tend to gravitate to the "bounce back" narrative so often espoused in the media, and one that is particularly true of the stories most commonly shared on social media.

Building Resilience Sets Your Child Up For Success

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Parents, grandparents, caregivers take heed. As you are stowing the markers, pens and paper in your child's backpack for the start of a new school year be sure to throw in a hefty supply of resilience. It is the most important school supply any child needs in today's world.

Inside Every Person Is A Scorecard, And Other Life Truths

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

I used to believe that people don't keep score. It turns out they do. Verbal barbs hurled at you in anger reveal that inside everyone is a scorecard. There must be a part of the brain that files those items away. A disagreement flares and some long forgotten event is thrown up in your face

Highly Resilient People Do More Than Just Bounce Back

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

If you drop me, I bounce. In fact, as crazy as that sounds, for much of my life it certainly felt like that was true. As is the case with far too many children around the world, I grew up in a violent home and it was within this violence that a nascent spirit of resilience began to germinate.

All The Reasons Your Boss Will Never Admit They Are Wrong

Monique Caissie | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Wouldn't it be great if when people were wrong, they could just 'fess up, apologize and take different actions to move forward? Just imagine the increased opportunities of positive and productive workplaces. Call me a dreamer! Unfortunately, egos get in the way and fear stops us from acting on our healthier options.