To my unknown friend who died on Flight PS752

I feel like I know you, but the bombing of flight PS752 has robbed us of the chance of real friendship

To my unknown friend who died on Flight PS752I truly wish I had never met you, not this way. It has been rough. You can’t know this, but the first mental image I have of you is this: your two hands, clenched in fists – out of fear perhaps? Your hands, Elnaz, your wedding ring. You were not there when your husband, Javad,…

Want a happy relationship? Put ‘we’ before ‘me’

Empathy and kindness are key to feeling connected for couples, says expert

Want a happy relationship? Put ‘we’ before ‘me’Want a romantic relationship that makes you happy? It helps to think about the “we” rather than the “me,” according to new research. Instead of focusing only on what’s in it for you, it’s wiser to think about what’s good for the relationship, said study lead Adam Galovan, a family scientist in the University of…

Conflict Coach: How to approach difficult conversations

"My wife and I are snapping at each other constantly. I need it to stop or we need to go our separate ways"

Conflict Coach: How to approach difficult conversationsFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…

Taking the stress out of Christmas, preserving the joy

Christmas is about family and creating warm memories

Taking the stress out of Christmas, preserving the joyIt was a cold day – really cold. As I sat in a coffee shop with a cup of tea one Christmas season, preparing to answer a few emails during a break from Christmas shopping, I noticed four shivering teens – opting for fashion instead of warmth. They ordered hot chocolates, then headed to a…

Relax, everything is going to turn out just fine

Get what you want by stressing less about outcomes

Relax, everything is going to turn out just fineSome of the biggest conflicts we face are about the frustration we feel when we don’t follow through and achieve what we’ve set our minds on. This causes us to become prickly in our relationships and take our irritation out on others. When I first started working in law enforcement, there were all kinds of…

Pandemic isolation harder on introverts than extroverts, study suggests

Extroverts find a way to connect whereas introverts are less adept at maintaining their fewer connections

Pandemic isolation harder on introverts than extroverts, study suggestsIn the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many assumed introverts had an advantage over extroverts in surviving isolation because they prefer to be alone. “This couldn’t be a better situation for introverts who have long found the world to be too much with them,” wrote Joanne Kaufman in a New York Times article called “Loving the Lockdown.” Another…

Wave of delayed grief likely as pandemic ebbs, says expert

Easing restrictions will be hard on those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, says researcher

Wave of delayed grief likely as pandemic ebbs, says expertAs pandemic restrictions have eased in the past few months, many of those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 are experiencing the pain all over again, University of Alberta researcher Donna Wilson believes. “We are seeing delayed grieving a great deal more because of COVID,” said Wilson, a professor with the U of…

Turning your sense of failure into success

Believing you can't do something won't get problems solved. Find a way if you truly want a happy life

Turning your sense of failure into success“I can’t manage everything by myself anymore ... I’m completely stressed out! From being responsible for all the meal planning to childcare responsibilities to cleaning the house, there’s no romance, no time for friends, no time to read. Something has to give.” These were the first words spoken when I sat down with one of…

Your body reflects your emotions, so loosen up

Mental pressures of the world starting to weigh you down?

Your body reflects your emotions, so loosen upRobert, as a hyperactive child, was constantly told to stop fidgeting. When he felt the urge to fidget, he remembered his mother’s disapproval and clenched his fists and held his arms rigidly at his sides. He spent so much of his life clenching his fists and holding himself rigidly that he appeared stiff and lifeless.…

Ending a friendship can be painful but is sometimes necessary

Be honest and tell them the friendship no longer serves you. But do more than send a text or email

Ending a friendship can be painful but is sometimes necessaryFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears…
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