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What is active listening and why is it important? Most of us have heard the term or even have learned the concept at some point. It is a skill that can be learned with practice for anyone, and a necessary skill for positive communication in any relationship. Active listening is making a conscious effort to hear and understand the words of another - It is the process of listening attentively while someone else speaks, paraphrasing and reflecting back what is said, and withholding judgment and advice. As identified in an article from Topornycky and Golparian (2016), some key feature of active listening are: Neutral and nonjudgmental Patient (periods of silence are not "filled") Verbal and nonverbal feedback to show signs of listening (e.g., smiling, eye contact, leaning in, mirroring) Asking questions Reflecting back what is said Asking for clarification Summarizing The basic attitude of active listening is trying to see the world from the other person’s eyes. You’re trying...

There are so many posts on social media and in the mainstream media regarding the isolation of people while we are told to "Stay Home" during the Covid 19 crisis. All of us are being asked to limit our contact with loved ones and to place physical distance between ourselves. In Canada, we live in a culture which values physical touch as a sign of love and affection, as such, being asked not to hug or come near is placing an unknown toll on many. But perhaps this crisis has brought something to the forefront that is long overdue - awareness and gratitude for those we love. We are now stopping our busy lives and connecting with elderly parents and grandparents on a daily basis. We are thinking of those who are homeless and that they can't "Stay Home" as they have no place to...