At least once a week, a parent will express concern to me that their child has an “internet addiction”. When you consider how rare it is to see an adolescent without a smart phone, this certainly seems like a reasonable worry. However, one could just as easily wonder how many adults have an internet addiction, …

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Yesterday I was interviewed by Craig Oliver for his TV Program Challenges and Change on the topic of Mental Health. One of his questions to me was, “How do you help a child to develop resilience?” I wasn’t especially happy with my answer, but I thought about this question and did some research. I can …

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For a change of pace, I thought I would review a new magazine I have discovered called Flow. Flow has this tagline: A magazine that takes its time. I picked my copy up in Britain, but Flow can be purchased in Canada and the United States or online at flowmagazine.com. I am still reading my …

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My weeks in the middle of October are crowded with patients – often patients I am not supposed to see since they are over 18 and my program does not extend beyond 18 years. These patients, however, know me and I know them. They turn first to someone they know, and I have told them …

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Sometimes you open a book, read a few paragraphs and you know that it will be compelling. This paragraph, the second paragraph of Jackie Kai Ellis’ book, hooked me: “I could easily tell the happier, abbreviated versions of my memories, the ones with easy endings, because I assumed no one would be interested in the …

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About a week ago, while on holiday, I received an email from my son reporting on the damage caused by tornados that touched down in the Ottawa area on Friday, September 21. Environment Canada reports that six tornados touched down in total although two were responsible for the bulk of the damage. While my own …

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Last week, I spoke at the Central Asian Regional Congress of Medical Women’s International Association on the topic From Texting to Talking: 3 Proven Strategies for Connecting With Your Teen. After the talk and over the course of several days, participants approached me with their questions and concerns. Thailand is completely on the other side …

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Do we all really wish we were living in a Scandinavian country? Last week, I reviewed The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People. I have also read a book about Lagom this month and this immersion into Scandinavian living has me wondering why we are all so taken with …

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  Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and the bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge. I read this book and found it a bit shallow, so I was skeptical of this second book, The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People. This …

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