Why marriage still matters

From health to wealth, from personal happiness to better outcomes for children, the benefits of traditional relationships are many

Why marriage still mattersBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus Canadian supporters of marriage are speaking up – and not a moment too soon. In a recent Angus Reid Institute survey, about 56 per cent of Canadians said, “marriage is simply not necessary” to form a lifelong relationship. Almost the same proportion (57 per cent) went on…

The pursuit of happiness: in each life, there should be meaning

The hardships and challenges we inevitably go through can be life’s greatest teachers

The pursuit of happiness: in each life, there should be meaningVisionary psychiatrist Viktor Frankl said, “There is nothing in the world … that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is meaning in one’s life.” Frankl came to this conclusion as he stared death in the face every day in Nazi concentration camps. Today, many of…

Do you have the grit it takes to achieve success?

Research is slowly helping us understand the qualities we need in order to overcome obstacles on the way to our goals

Do you have the grit it takes to achieve success?American author and motivational speaker Albert E.N. Gray said, “All successful people have the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinate to the strength of their purpose.” In other words, the difference between people who achieve what they set out…

Forever young: idealism is the fountain of youth

We’re all born with a purpose. By staying committed to that purpose, our lives can be full of joy and achievement

Forever young: idealism is the fountain of youthLongtime consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader recently said in a radio interview, “The only true aging is the loss of idealism.” Nader, the man who changed the auto industry in the 1960s by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed, continues to be active and inspire others. His most recent book Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think illustrates…

Passion is at the heart of an energetic, fulfilled life

Strive to incorporate more of what you love into your life. Seek new paths. Stop making excuses and go for it!

Passion is at the heart of an energetic, fulfilled life“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof,” says author Barbara Kingsolver. Have you ever stopped to wonder what you want…

Making peace with past mistakes

The more we dwell on a past mistake, the more we identify with it. We have become that mistake or bad choice

Making peace with past mistakesDid you ever wake up from a nightmare still in distress? Were you awake but still experiencing the trouble you got yourself into while dreaming? One of the most horrible nightmare experiences I ever heard of was that of a young mother who, in her dream, had oven-roasted and eaten her baby girl. She was…

The route to happiness and success runs through dedication

Putting persistent effort into learning a particular skill is much easier to do when we love what we’re doing

The route to happiness and success runs through dedication“People don’t rise from nothing. … It’s only by asking where they are from that we unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn’t,” journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell tells us. This is a powerful notion. How did I, for example, become a writer? Was I born with natural abilities? Is it something I…

On the sunny side of life: how to stop being so dramatic

Sometimes we get stuck in our stories – our dramas – and our friends grow weary of how often we tell them

On the sunny side of life: how to stop being so dramaticWhen we experience life, we talk about it. We share the stories that are amazing, funny and absurd. We talk about moments when we felt unfairly treated or when we obsessed over something quirky. It’s natural – this is how humans have learned to communicate, to share with others and tell the tale of who…

Train the mind and grow happier

A new weekly column by Nicole Bernier explores how you can overcome negativity, particularly as you age

Train the mind and grow happierHaving retired, my favourite uncle certainly didn’t expect the mental burden that accompanied his privilege of no longer having a job. “Day after day,” he said, “I have lots of free time. My mind is in a state of chaos. I can’t stop thinking too much and my past mistakes are starting to haunt me.”…

All I’m asking is for a little respect

People who are kind and compassionate are happier and healthier. And doing good for others has a ripple effect throughout society

All I’m asking is for a little respectRadio personality and motivational speaker Earl Nightingale said, “Treat every person as the most important person on Earth.” This may seem counterintuitive. Doesn’t it make sense to only treat people well if they have something to offer us? Why would I treat someone with respect if there’s nothing in it for me? It’s true that…