Archive: March, 2012

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Season 1, Episode 10: Accountability

The neighbourhood scrambles to earn every last dollar they can – only to discover that some of the money they’ve counted doesn’t actually increase their net worth. Will they prevail and become the Million Dollar Neighbourhood? And if they do, which family is going to be voted to receive the life-changing award of $100,000?

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How do I make my work nightmares stop?

The question:   I keep having work dreams. Or should I say, nightmares. How can I make them stop?   The answer:   Ah, the dreaded workmare. Unfortunately, I have no magic wand to make work-related nightmares stop. The key is to first understand what factors contribute to the types of dreams we all have, […]

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Dr. Joti Samra on the Mortgage Show CKNW AM980: March 24, 2012

(with Angela Calla, The Mortgage Show, CKNW AM980)   Dr. Joti Samra was interviewed on the CKNW Mortgage Show about the factors that lead people to procrastinate when making decisions regarding mortgages, during which she discussed the “flight, fight and freeze” stress response. Listen to the interview here:  Dr. Samra on CKNW Mortgage Show Mar24’12

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Marche International des Programmes de Television Picks (MIPTV) 2012: Million Dollar Neighbourhood

(Staff, Real Screen)   When the global recession of 2008 hit, factual entertainment programmers sought to create shows that would reflect the financial unease potentially afflicting audiences without depressing the hell out of them. “Aspirational” became the buzz word du jour. Here we are in 2012, and things really haven’t changed all that much – the […]

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Dr. Samra presents a keynote session on Emotional Intelligence, April 16, 2012

Dr. Joti Samra presents a half day key note session on Emotional Intelligence in Winnipeg on April 16, 2012. Entitled “Return to Work: Delving Deeper,” this one-day conference will help attendees delve deeper into the dynamics surrounding successful and sustainable return to work strategies. Dr. Joti Samra will discuss how emotional intelligence can influence behaviour. […]

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Can an affair ever help a marriage?

The question:   I’m considering an affair. Ethics aside, have you ever encountered situations in which it helped a marriage?   The answer:   My simple answer to your question is no.   Relationships come in all different shapes and sizes, and we often see atypical relationship arrangements in our society (swinging, open relationships and […]

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Dr. Samra presents a workshop on Emotional Intelligence to Drug + Alcohol personnel at Health Canada, March 21, 2012

Dr. Samra presents a workshop on Emotional Intelligence to Drugs and Alcohol personnel at a workshop at Health Canada on March 21, 2012. For more information, please see this article on Managing Emotions.

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Dr. Samra provides a keynote presentation at Health Canada’s Leadership Forum, March 20, 2012

Dr. Samra will provide a keynote presentation at the annual Health Canada BC Region Leadership Forum, an event at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre at the Olympic Village (Multipurpose room #45, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver).   This day-long event is held annually to engage the management community and create opportunities for dialogue.  The agenda this […]

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Season 1, Episode 9: On Your Own

The neighbourhood is divided into three teams and challenged to use all of the lessons they’ve learned to reach their ultimate, million-dollar goal. But the teams flounder when forced to compete and demand to form one united team. But have they learned the lessons of “net worth” well enough to become the Million Dollar Neighbourhood?

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Is retail therapy a good thing?

The question:   When is retail therapy unhealthy?   The answer:   “Retail therapy” is a tongue-in-cheek term we tend to use (especially us women) to refer to shopping behaviour that has the primary aim of improving our emotional state. Getting something new that we like can naturally make us feel good – particularly when […]

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Season 1, Episode 8: Get on My Property

With the help of celebrity home renovation expert Kristi Hansen, the families have one week to renovate the dilapidated home of one community member, as well as increase the energy savings in their own homes.

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Million Dollar Neighbourhood renewed for a second season on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada): series is looking for the next Million Dollar Neighbourhood

Corus Entertainment’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) is pleased to announce that Million Dollar Neighbourhood has been greenlit for a second season which is slated to air in 2013. The series, produced by Force Four Entertainment Inc. in association with OWN  (Canada), follows 100 families in one community as they attempt to raise their collective net worth by $1 million […]

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I can’t sleep – should I get up or stay in bed?

  The question:   When I can’t sleep, is it better to get up and try to take my mind off things or stay in bed?   The answer:   One of my favourite quotes is from writer Edgar Watson Howe: “There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good […]

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)’s “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Season 1, Episode 7: The Kids are Alright

While kids control family spending, look for savings in their parents’ budgets and land part-time jobs, the adults start up a free child care and protect their families’ futures by refinancing their mortgages.

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How do I have the coming out talk – especially with mom?

The question:   I’m gay, and no one in my life knows. Not my family, not my best friend – no one. I’m okay with who I am, but I am terrified to talk about it. I’d like to start with my mom – she’s going to be the most difficult, I think – very […]

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Dr. Samra facilitates a sold out half day workshop: “Managing Emotions: Emotional Intelligence” at the CMHA Bottom Line Conference

Dr. Samra facilitates a sold out workshop on “Managing Emotions: Emotional Intelligence” at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Bottom Line Conference on March 1, 2012.At this session you can confidentially learn about how you manage your own emotions and how you respond to the emotions of others. Take this learning back to your workplace and […]

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Dr. Samra facilitates a sold out half day workshop: “Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace” at the CMHA Bottom Line Conference

Dr. Samra facilitates a sold out workshop on “Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace” at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Bottom Line Conference on March 1, 2012.  In this era of increasing workplace pressures (increased competitiveness, a faster pace and labour shortages), many organizations are responding by nurturing their most important asset—their workers. They are committed […]

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