We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine, but that’s not literally true. Obviously, laughter can’t compete with vaccines or chemotherapy when it comes to medical treatment. But it turns out that laughter, or therapeutic humor as it’s called in the medical world, is pretty good for you, even if you’re not sick.

Is laughter the best medicine?

Robin Williams delighted us as Patch Adams and showed us that while “laughter is the best medicine” may be a folksy idiom, laughter certainly has a place in the health of our body. Research has shown that laughter has many short-term and long-term benefits. Since…

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Globally COVID-19 vaccines have begun being rolled out. The thought process is that these vaccines will help us reach something called herd immunity — a common ending to viral outbreaks. The term has been used a lot as of late but what is herd immunity, how does it work, and how long it might take us to achieve it.

What is herd immunity?

When the majority of the population is immune to a disease this is often referred to as herd immunity. It is a type of indirect protection from a contagious disease and the more people that are immune to it the more…

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Money, money, money! It defines us. It determines how we dress. Not just what we eat, but how we eat. What social groups we are accepted into. Can we retire early or, will we be working until we die of old age? Whether we like it or not, money influences what we can and cannot do with our lives.

Being financially independent means different things to different people. To some, it may mean retiring as early as possible. To others, it’s never having to worry about where your next meal is going to come from. The quickest way to financial…

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If you have ever been the victim of domestic violence, you understand how difficult it can be to recover from it. Whether it was one act of physical abuse or years of emotional hurt, the damage can take years to heal, and rarely if ever go away completely. As a survivor, the topic of intimate partner violence is personal for me, and it seems to be gathering a renewed sense of urgency in North America. Having dealt with the brutality of the physical violence as well as the trauma associated with the emotional abuse and controlling behaviour, I can say…

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If you are a typical husband, you have probably ignored most of your wife’s signs that the marriage was in trouble. It wasn’t until she finally gave you that slap in the face you so deserved that you started to pay attention. This slap across the face can come in the form of her asking for a divorce, or finding out that she is having an affair. When it finally happens, you will sit there stunned, in shock and wondering how she can suddenly do such a thing. …

At one point in time or another, we have all used ultimatums. If you have children, you have probably used them more often then you care to admit. Essentially an ultimatum is a threat with consequences, and for a marriage in trouble, it may be the best thing that you can do for your relationship. Some may say an ultimatum is destructive to the relationship because it will make your partner feel trapped, and force them to take action. …

Overdosing On Pixie Dust

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November 12 is almost upon us, and while Netflix and Amazon Prime have virtually owned the streaming landscape for quite some time now, Disney + is set to shake up things up. With dozens of original shows as well as the entire Disney vault, Disney+ is the most anticipated and talked about streaming services ever and is aimed at every generation.

With just a few short days before it launches, here’s all you need to know about Disney’s new streaming service and why you need it!

What is it?

Unless you have been living under a rock, Disney +…

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The science behind early childhood development shows us that the most impressionable time of a child’s life is from birth to roughly the age of seven. During this time the rapidly growing brain lays down a sturdy foundation for how it will communicate and interact with the world. To do this it begins processing how the child is responded to in any given situation. As we are all products of our environment, it stands to reason then that a child’s personality is significantly influenced by their surroundings, and therefore a child’s strongest influences tend to be their caregivers. …

How to find the right ones to help you grow

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Throughout my forty-something years of life on this planet, I have been fortunate enough to have been blessed with some great careers, children and above all else male friends. Friends that were not just friends but held me accountable for who I was and what I did. They made sure I lived my life according to my terms as a man, and if I deviated from it they were right there to help me see the errors of my ways and to guide me back. …

The silent killer of relationships

For years now, the expert relationship researchers at the Gottman Institute have been telling us about the Four Horsemen and how they destroy marriages. Most marriages can survive the four horsemen given time and proper techniques. While there is no denying how damaging they can be to any relationship, there is another relationship killer that is often far more deadly than the horsemen. In “The Beloved Ego: Foundations of the New Study of the Psyche” by prominent Austrian psychologist Wilhelm Stekel he states:

“There is no love without hate; and there is no hate without…

David Howe

David Howe is single father who has a habit of writing down story ideas on napkins he forgets to take. He also likes his pork chops covered in mushroom gravy.

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