A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving society

A healthy marriage contributes to family stability so there’s a need for recovery of the institution. But how?

A healthy marriage culture builds a thriving societyBy Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell Cardus You could sugar-coat the newly-released 2016 Census data on families, households and marital status by applauding the rise of family diversity in Canada. Yet family diversity is so often a euphemism for family breakdown, which is something that’s generally painful. A more honest take on the Statistics…

Satisfaction comes with sharing other people’s joy

There are a number of ways to cultivate positive empathy (ability to share other people's joy): spending time with children and animals, and seeing beauty in art and athletics

Satisfaction comes with sharing other people’s joyHaving worked in education for more than 30 years, I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet. I look forward to continuing in my profession until I’m in my 70s. What is it about what I’m doing that gives me such joy? How does one achieve professional satisfaction? Stanford University psychologist Kelly…

Profiting off our need for family, children

Hopelessness is leading people to search for a co-parent, not for the purpose of a loving relationship but solely to have a child

Profiting off our need for family, childrenI remember the first time a friend said she would consider having a child on her own via in-vitro fertilization (IVF). We were sitting on her balcony in midtown Toronto having a coffee roughly 12 years ago. She was at least a nominal Catholic and while dating wasn't working (neither of us was in a…

The enduring value of good manners

The gesture that costs nothing more than a down payment on decency becomes noteworthy precisely because it asks for no return

The enduring value of good mannersI woke up Monday morning with mockery of Ottawa habits in mind. I ended the day in an attitude of quiet respect, sensing something meaningful in the shift. It began Sunday night as I sat in a local bar with some neighbours watching my New England Patriots – yes, smarty pants, they’re mine; I own…

What Donald Trump, and his supporters, taught us

If we're going to build a better world that's not subject to extremism, we need to really listen to the hopes and fears of our neighbours

What Donald Trump, and his supporters, taught usMuch of the world was shocked when America elected Donald Trump as president. Many reacted with fury. How could a man who spews racist and misogynistic rhetoric be chosen to lead such a powerful country? Not only did it happen, it happened less than six months after the United Kingdom voted to leave the multi-ethnic…

The expansive power of positive words

While criticism may sometimes be necessary, it is much more important to feed each other’s need for love and appreciation

The expansive power of positive wordsSaint Teresa of Calcutta said, “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” No matter who we are, we like to be appreciated. And being complimented can inspire us to greatness. As a teacher, I know how important it is to compliment students. Criticism quickly loses its effectiveness and people simply…

Social support greatest predictor of long-term happiness

We all need help in figuring things out

Social support greatest predictor of long-term happinessA recent survey asked participants to list five pivotal points in their lives that made them what they are. The vast majority of these incidents – roughly 80 per cent – were negative. How can that be? Don’t we want to avoid unpleasant situations? Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and pop singer Kelly Clarkson tell us, “What…

Intuition may not add up, but it works

The power of intuition flies in the face of western society's current fascination with mathematical algorithms

Intuition may not add up, but it worksWhat works better: emotion or logic? Revelation or rationality? Intuition or algorithms? I started thinking seriously about these different ways of living in the world after reading Catherine Mayers’ new book, Charles: the Heart of a King. Her painstakingly detailed biography about the heir to the throne of the House of Windsor reveals a whimsical…
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