” The Holiday Season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” Terri Marshall We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill I awoke this morning with devout Thanksgiving for my friends, […]
Everything and all experiences have their starting point in imagination. The computer you are staring at was at one point an image in someone’s mind. The building you are sitting in was first created in someone’s imagination. The contract you just wrote for your client began in your imagination. The fight you had with your boss or partner, you […]
Raising happy, healthy, and self-confident children is a much more difficult job than it seems.
I’ve studied this topic for many years and have even developed many programs and speeches on this very topic. I found out before I had my first child, and I have 4 children and 5 grandchildren, that there are certain ways that parents respond to and interact with their children that help ensure their success in life.
1) Ensure Your Children Have Rules
A few years ago now, my younger daughter thought it would be fun to start having a theme for our Christmas celebrations. We started off with colour themes, red one year, purple another. Then we moved on to more ambitious themes requiring a whole lot more planning!
Christmas 2014 is shown in the photo above – a Griswald Family Christmas straight out of National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” starring Chevy Chase. We had so much fun organising our costumes and even acting out some of our favourite scenes – even the infamous scene where Cousin Eddy declares, “Shitter’s full…” while pumping effluent into the storm drain… Our horse truck made the perfect full-sized prop!
Christmas 2015 was a “Handmade Christmas” with clothing and gifts all needing to be handmade is some form or another. Everyone did a great job with whatever crafting skills they had!
This year our theme is “Spooky Christmas”. The youngest daughter has her Christmas tree set up with a giant purple spider, instead of a star, on the top (a leftover from Halloween). It will be very interesting to see what everyone comes up with for a costume to fit the theme. I’m sure it will be a good topic for another blog post on Boxing Day… lol
A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today. Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier. Thanks to the advent of the relatively new field of positive psychology, science has been doing just that for the last decade or so. Researchers are churning out studies on the underpinnings of human flourishing, pinpointing what makes people truly happy, and offering actionable suggestions to help people become the best, most joyful versions of themselves. Here are few of the field’s recent discoveries on how to be happy. 1. Exercise. Study after study has shown that people who exercise lead happier, more fulfilled lives. Sources: Winthrop University, University of Colorado Boulder 2. Find your sleep routine. People who sleep through the night and who experience high quality sleep are less irritable
In this visual essay, photographer Todd Korol captures the spirit and bustle of Deane House, a restaurant in Calgary, Alberta, that features local ingredients.