The Cure to Holiday Season Loneliness

The holiday season can be full of fun, family and friends but it can also be a lonely time of year. If you aren’t feeling the holiday spirit right now there could be a number of reasons for this. It could be that your loved ones are far away and you’re unable to spend time with them over the holidays. You might feel bad because...

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

We all do it: We make our New Year’s resolutions and mean to keep them but half-way through January we’ve already broken almost every one. For example, we’ve vowed to go off sugar but suddenly we find ourselves biting into a jelly doughnut. Or, we’ve pledged to quit smoking and yet here we are on January 5th, lighting up a...

The Real Reason and Cure For Addiction

We've been going about the treatment of addiction in the wrong way. Rather than a behavioural approach, we need to look at the true cause of addiction in order to find a viable cure. The fact is, all addictions are caused by the same thing and therefore can be healed in the same way. First and foremost, addiction is not a disease....

Can You Be More Mindful Over the Holidays?

As the holiday season approaches, I think we can all agree that it's been a rough year. President Trump appears determined to destroy everything we hold dear and it seems like every other day, another few names are added to the growing list of celebrity sex offenders. The environment is in critical shape and people are more...

11k Word Essay : The Dark Side of Being Too Nice

Part One: What does it mean to be "too nice" (and why is it a problem)? Being too nice - otherwise known as people-pleasing - is an overlooked and serious problem today. Unlike other counterproductive behaviours, individuals who engage in it rarely visit their doctor or counselor, saying, “I need help with my compulsive people-pleasing...

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How Victims of Sexual Assault are Shamed and Bullied into Silence

After reading Ronan Farrow's recent article in the New Yorker, entitled Harvey Weinstein's Army of Spies I'm filled with great sadness. In his November 6 article, Mr. Farrow describes how producer Harvey Weinstein "hired private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations"...

Black Friday: Not an Excuse for Savage Parental Behavior

If you watch the videos on YouTube, you'll see parents going crazy on Black Friday, year after year. They're shopping for sales at Wal-Mart, Home Depot and other stores but their behaviour is totally out of control. They're looking for deals on electronics and other goods to buy for their children, perhaps in anticipation of the...

Halloween, Stranger Things and Our Secret Shadow Self

Halloween is here. It's a time to put on masks and walk around pretending to be someone we're not. Sometimes, though, our choice of costume ends up inadvertently showing people the truth about who we are. The masks we wear are meant to present ourselves in a completely different light and obscure the aspects of ourselves that we...

To Prevent Mental Health Problems in Our Kids, We Must Change How We Parent Them

We're in the middle of a youth mental health crisis that's going to have implications for everyone, in the near and distant future. These young people are the future workers and leaders of our society, and if they're struggling, and not functioning optimally, it bodes ill for the rest of us. According to an article by Kristin Rushowy...

Harvey Weinstein is Addicted to Power, Not Sex

Harvey Weinstein has entered a treatment facility in Arizona to deal with what he describes as a "sex addiction." I call BS, and so do many, many others. In reading numerous articles about Mr. Weinstein and about the way the notion of "sex addiction" is used to justify certain wealthy, connected men's compulsion to violate consent,...

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