Infographic: How do Happily Married Couples Keep it Sexy?

Why does good sex so often fade, even for couples who continue to love each other as much as ever? And why does good intimacy not guarantee good sex, contrary to popular belief? Some surprising answers by marriage therapist Esther


How to Turn Small Talk into Smart Conversation

Imagine almost any situation where two or more people are gathered—a wedding reception, a job interview, two off-duty cops hanging out in a Jacuzzi. What do these situations have in common? Almost all of them involve people trying to talk

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How to Teach Your Kids About the Brain

Knowledge is power. When children understand what’s happening in the brain, it can be the first step to having the power to make choices. Knowledge can be equally powerful to parents too. Knowing how the brain works means we can


Why Will I be Celebrating my Child’s Failures?

I walked into my parents’ apartment and fell facedown onto the couch. Breaking into tears, I cried uncontrollably for what seemed like hours. It happened over 10 years ago, but I remember how I felt to this day — the wrenching feeling

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Talent vs Hard Work: Why Focus on Hard Work?

“You’re so smart!” “Wow, you must be very good at math!” “You are a child prodigy!” Comments like these are bandied about by parents of successful kids on topics like the flute, soccer, and chess. As pleasant and innocuous as

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Time For A Wake-Up Call

If you think kids can get a little physical activity and then play videos games into the wee hours, yet remain healthy – you’re in for a rude awakening. The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card reveals an important relationship among sleep,

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Are Canadian Kids Too Tired to Move?

Emerging research, which spurred Canada to develop the world’s first 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, shows that physical activity, sedentary behaviour – and sleep – are closely interrelated. Kids who are tired out from running around sleep better, and those who have


How to Small Talk

Starting conversations at social gatherings tends to rank poorly on most people’s list of preferred activities. There are certainly those among us who seem to instinctively know how to small talk, approaching the task with confidence and zeal, but for

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Seven Signs You Might Have Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is more than not wanting to talk to people. It’s constantly worrying about what other people think of you. It keeps you from doing everyday things and can prevent happiness in your professional, romantic, and social lives. But


How to Develop Deeper Friendships as an Adult

Back in college, it seemed easy to make friends. Those campus days were the perfect intersection of what sociologists say are the three key ingredients to forming close friendships: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to

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How to Tell if Your Date is Relationship Ready

Last fall I started seeing a client, we’ll call her Tracy, who recently went through a devastating break up. Tracy was dating a handsome, successful start-up entrepreneur named Tom. Initially he texted regularly, he took her out to dinner, and,

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