How to Survive Loss

I wrote this years ago after my younger brother died and I feel compelled to share it now in the wake of the bus accident in Humbolt, Saskatchewan near my hometown, which took the lives of 15 young hockey players. I hope you find it helpful, please feel free to share with friends. On Grieving […]

Water softly flows over creek stones - Photo by David Innes

What I’ve learned from 43 days of practicing happiness

I made myself just one resolution for 2018, to be happier. I chose this goal because research by Shawn Achor (author of The Happiness Advantage) has found that happy people experience: 23% reduction in stress 31% increase in productivity 39% better health 34% more positive social interaction Little did I realise that setting a goal of […]

How To Live in a Heartbreaking World

Every day there is another news story that devastates me. Fires and floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, and more recently – senseless, heartbreaking destruction of the human variety. How can we live every day in this world that breaks our hearts? In a world that has become increasingly unstable and frightening, how do we let our […]

A tree, bare of leaves in mid autumn, takes on a mystical sheen in the late afternoon light - Photo by David Innes

What to do when Mother’s Day feels hard

Wherever you go around this time of year, Mother’s Day is front and centre – on Facebook everyone is posting about Mother’s Day and the ads, on Facebook, TV, or at the mall, are all reminding you to get your mom something special. Try as we may, it’s hard to escape all the feelings Mother’s Day […]

Clear blue sky is reflected in the deeper blue still water of Lake Helen McKenzie,in Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island BC Canada at dusk. A backlit rolling black treeline is silhouetted in the upper half of the image, with the blue of the sky above and the deeper blue hue of the lake below. - Photo by David Innes

10 surprising ways you can reduce your stress right now

May 1-7 is Mental Health Week in Canada and all of May is Mental Health Month in the US so I thought I’d focus this week’s post on stress reduction. I can’t think of anything more crucial to the good life than our mental health – it influences our perspective on everything. Here are ten stress management […]