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Reader's Digest Canada

Reader's Digest Canada April 2020

Canada's most read, most trusted magazine.<br><br> Inspiring real-life stories, laugh-out-loud humour, and insightful articles about health, lifestyles, and truly remarkable Canadians, Reader's Digest touches your life and connects you to the world around you -- now that's "life well shared".

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a real spring clean

For a country with so much space to roam, we sure spend a lot of our lives indoors—up to 90 per cent, according to recent studies. For a large portion of that time, we stay safely in our own homes—or at least we think we’re safe there. It turns out that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, especially if you have an older furnace and poor ventilation, or live with a smoker. There’s even a term for houses that shorten our lifespan: “sick-building syndrome.” My own home—a victim of many amateur renos over its hundred-plus years—is the definition of a fixer-upper. When my kid started crawling, then walking and then scaling everything in sight, I worried about crumbling plaster and wobbly railings. I’ve now…

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REBECCA PHILPS Writer, Vancouver “The 2020 Home Safety Checklist” Working on this cover story was fascinating but also unsettling for Philps. She often found herself asking her husband if they were exposing their kids to too many household chemicals. To avoid overwhelming readers, she tried to focus on tips that are easy to implement—like switching to DIY cleaners. Learn how you can have a safer home on page 28. DREW SHANNON Illustrator, Toronto “The 2020 Home Safety Checklist” After reading this story, Shannon counted himself lucky to live in a home with big windows and plenty of health-giving natural light. But it also prompted him to immediately change his sheets and disinfect his TV remotes. To illustrate the feature, he portrayed all the risky items in each of the main rooms of a typical home. See the…

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SETTING AN EXAMPLE I couldn’t hold back my tears as I read the letter that Donna MacKinnon wrote to little Desiree Gill, who mourned her late father, in “Message from a Mermaid” (December 2019). MacKinnon comforted Desiree and also helped us all by setting an extraordinary example: everyone needs to acknowledge kindness, learn from kindness and extend kindness to others. —KATHY MANFREDI, St. Catharines KIDS READING READER’S I was impressed with Mark Pupo’s introductory letter in the January-February 2020 issue of Reader’s Digest (“My Return to Reader’s”), in which he talks about reading RD at his grandparents’ house as a teen. Growing up, my parents always shared newspaper and magazine articles with me, bolstering my interest in reading. Today, my granddaughter Lauren is an avid reader, and we read your magazine together. She loves…

3 min.
happier birthdays

ON FEBRUARY 12, 2019, Brendon Fontaine blew out five candles on a birthday cake covered in strawberry icing and topped with a plastic figurine of his favourite character from Paw Patrol. “He loved the cake,” says his mother, Faith, who lives in Winnipeg with Brendon and his little sister. “I hid it in the back of the fridge to keep him from peeking.” Brendon’s surprise came courtesy of Cakes for Kids, a group of home bakers who recognize that a simple birthday cake can be an extravagance for families like the Fontaines, who live on social assistance. The group was founded three years ago by Christy Rogowski, a 40-year-old who works in health care software, and her partner, Wendy Singleton, a 46-year-old health care administrator. “Imagining a child who wasn’t going to…

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life’s like that

Forgotten Fruit It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that I let another innocent bunch of bananas rot on my kitchen counter for 12 days. — @BRITTANY_BROSKI Not to brag, but I happen to be the reason why the yoga instructor stopped saying “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” — @HELLOHAPPY_TIME As a child, I truly did not understand how good I had it not having to decide what to eat for dinner every single night. — @JONNYSUN Confidence Boost If you’re ever feeling down on yourself, just remember how in 2018, when I hosted Thanksgiving for my family, I told them to park in the wrong spot and every single person’s car got towed. — @DXXNYA One of my favourite games to play is “Is my headache from dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, lack of proper…

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is it good to be bored?

Boredom gets a bad rap. But is there an upside? Absolutely. Its function can be compared to that of pain, which provides feedback to prevent us from damaging our body. Boredom does the same work to protect us from stagnation. If we were content to be mentally unoccupied, we might never learn, explore, grow, discover. These days, we’re constantly stimulated, arguably over-stimulated, by technology. Has it led to a decrease in boredom? It may actually be making us more prone to boredom. Technology grabs our attention, but it does that by turning us into objects rather than agents. Instead of sitting down with our thoughts or complex ideas, we’re giving our minds over to a screen—and our capacity for willful focus and attention may atrophy through disuse. There’s also an addiction metaphor that’s used:…