happiness is …

It’s a rainy day in Toronto and I am reminded of a rainy day many years ago when my best friend and I took refuge in the Starbucks at Yonge and Davisville.   I remember us staying there for hours…taking sips of our cappuccino’s, catching up on the latest gossip, watching the passersby, and most of all…giggling.   All while … Continue reading

happily imperfect

Are you or someone you know a perfectionist?  Does this personality trait make you/them happier or less happy? Here’s my take on perfectionism now that I’m older and (ahem) wiser. Perfectionism can be good.  Perfectionists care about what they do.  They strive to learn and get better.   And they try to do things to the best … Continue reading

you hold the answer

“One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problems, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships:  The answer lies within ourselves.  If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s … Continue reading

habits of happy people

A while back, before we launched thehappylife.ca, I watched a documentary about a group of Canadians who considered themselves “happy”.    These individuals were randomly selected from across the country.   They varied in terms of age, gender and ethnicity; and came from all walks of life.  On the surface, they seemed to have nothing in common.  … Continue reading