Happiness Toolkit

Mindfulness for Everyday

Mindfulness for Everyday

Nearly twelve years ago, I attended a program on mindfulness that was based on the first book written by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. I initially took this course as part of a professional training, striving to provide the same program to my clients at The Ottawa Mission...

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5 Ways to Cultivate Love

5 Ways to Cultivate Love

Would you be my Valentine? When February comes around, most of us have no option but to think of our love life. The multiple red hearts at every store, the specials in restaurants, the roses everywhere, the delicious chocolates at every cash register, etc. Let’s face...

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5 Steps to Reduce Stress

5 Steps to Reduce Stress

Living a life of zero stress is a romantic ideal some of us strive for, yet we all know it’s as impossible as seeing a unicorn (a real one, that is). As a social worker dedicated to educating individuals on how to reduce and manage stress, I have come across many...

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5 Good Reads to Cultivate Mindfulness

5 Good Reads to Cultivate Mindfulness

I am not sure what your New Year’s resolutions are but, if you are anything like me, you probably have at least one resolution that is about learning, expanding your knowledge, growing personally or, something along those lines. In preparation for the new year, my...

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Olga’s Way Holiday Gift Guide

Olga’s Way Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and the hunt for the perfect Christmas gifts has begun. Many of us struggle to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones every year. Today’s reality is that a lot people live in excess. Gifting meaningless products that will simply add...

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I am a refugee: Thank you, Canada.

I am a refugee: Thank you, Canada.

"I am a refugee" was the only phrase I knew in English 15 years ago, when I arrived to Canada for the first time. The celebration of this nation's 150th years as a confederation has made me go back in time and reflect on what my life has been since my arrival on that...

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Mindful Living

Mindful Living

12 years ago, when I took my first mindfulness course, I remember thinking that the teachings were incredible and wishing that this information was known by everyone. It was always evident to me that if everyone would live their lives mindfully, the world would be a...

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6 Anti-Anxiety Essentials

6 Anti-Anxiety Essentials

The following are products I absolutely love to use when under stress, anxious or, simply when wanting to calm the mind; a. Rescue Remedy: This is a homeopathic spray that you can carry in your pocket and use as needed. It will not make you sleepy, but it will...

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10 Tips for a Good Night Sleep

10 Tips for a Good Night Sleep

Many of us have gotten used to the idea of having sleepless nights.  The quality of our sleep is often a reflection of how our mind is doing. In times of high levels of stress, our minds turn to worry and over thinking, taking away the peacefulness and restfulness...

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If you are not here, then where are you?

If you are not here, then where are you?

This weekend I had the opportunity to receive a training on Restorative Yoga (a type of Yoga that specializes on slowing the nervous system down to create optimum health). On the second day of the three day training, there was a guest speaker who began his session by...

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