Year: 2017

Occupational Hazard

BULLYING’S NOT JUST AN OUTLET FOR YOUTHFUL ANGST. IT HAPPENS IN THE ONLINE WORKPLACE, TOO by Heidi Staseson When pondering the prototype of the human “bully,” society’s once-popular archetype of the burly sand tyrant named “Biff” and his pastime for picking on 98-lb.teen weaklings has evolved significantly from the beach scenes of 1950’s comic books. In fact, with the rise of technology, the “Biffs” of the past are the least of people’s worries; yesteryear’s bully has morphed and attached itself to a more sombre and serious trend: cyberbullying. Vitriolic spewing is especially ubiquitous on social media. And many of us are complicit in some way – as perpetrators or inactive witnesses to attacks, or even as unwitting victims who stay silent post-blast. Calgary high school guidance counsellor Marc Osenton, an AU Faculty of Health Disciplines graduate, says part of the problem is the newer phenomenon of being “turned on all the time” – especially the teens he sees, who take to social media like birds to breadcrumbs. While news about online bullying is rife in the media, …

The Bigger Picture: Have you ever stopped to ponder what ‘happiness’ really means?

  By my anonymous cousin Have you ever stopped to ponder what ‘happiness’ really means? We all feel it from time to time, and in our own ways. Certainly, what might constitute happiness for some, might not present the same for others. It is both bizarre and fantastic to me that happiness has the power to show up tailored to each of our adventures in life. Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘happiness’ as: “A state of well-being and contentment.” Alternatively, it is described as “a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” Anthropologist Ashley Montagu once wrote: “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” I love this quote. I absolutely agree that happiness has the ability to grab hold of us — sometimes in a moment’s notice — and take us on an exhilarating ride. A universal dilemma, often portrayed in pop culture, is the pursuit of happiness. I feel this is best exemplified in the 2006 Hollywood blockbuster film of the same title, The …