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Welcome to this first edition of our newsletter

We believe you will find our e-newsletter highly informative on a wide variety of issues related to research and opinions on human experience and development and on human sexuality. Many articles will contain links to where you can read about the subject in greater detail. In addition, news items and current events will be regularly posted, informing you of upcoming workshops and TV interviews.

Our aim in this e-newsletter is to stimulate your own thinking around issues affecting you in your everyday life...issues related to personal growth, relationships and human sexuality. In the end it is all about serving you and your needs. If there is a subject or issue you would like addressed please contact us. You will notice in our e-newsletter a place for your questions and our answers. Please address your questions directly to me at One or two questions will be answered in each newsletter edition.

We hope you will enjoy this first edition and will adopt our future e-newsletters as helpful and informative additions to your reading literature.

Dr. David McKenzie, Ph.D., RCC, AASECT, ACS

Who’s happy, why – and how to get some
Health Information from the Mayo Clinic

Well-being can be studied, measured - and the study results applied to improve your happiness quotient, according to the Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource. Researchers used the scientific analysis techniques across multiple disciplines: sociology, biology, genetics and psychology. Some revelations:

What has no apparent effect:

•  Age level: mental distress typically peaks near 40 (women) to 50 years (men). Older and younger tend to be satisfied - reasons unknown.
•  Assets: beyond coverage of basic needs, income levels do not appear to change happiness levels.
•  In your genes: genetics were a significant factor in well-being.

What works a change:

•  Knowledge: higher levels of education tends to boost happiness.
•  Life: levels of happiness can change after
  major changes involving marital status or death of a loved one.
•  Health: compared with those in good health, people in excellent health are almost twice as likely to be happier, those in poor health 70 percent less likely to be happy.
•  Sociability: a network of personal relationships tends to increase happiness. Men are more likely to be socially isolated than women. (...)
•  Cause? Effect? a sense of well-being is linked to greater longevity and less risk of disease.

So get working your to-do list

An intentional choice to engage in a plan of action appears to boost happiness long-term. So get busy making your choices – first thing, get knowledge: visit the study synopsis in the December Women’s HealthSource at the Mayo Clinic website.

Dr. David is featured monthly as the resident couples counsellor and sex therapist on Vancouver’s Fanny Kiefer’s Studio 4 on Shaw Cable 4

View Dr. McKenzie’s feature interviews by Shaw Studio 4’s Fanny Kiefer in Vancouver

•  When sex has lost its sizzle
•  Love, life and relationships
•  Sex education for youth
•  Asexuality & sex orientation
•  Shouldn’t sex be fun?
•  Cheating
News & Upcoming Events

August 7 at 9:00 AM:
Dr. David McKenzie on Fanny Kiefer's Studio 4 TV Show,
Shaw Cable 4.

Contact info
Phone: (604) 813-6047
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Dr. David McKenzie, Ph.D is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is board certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the preeminent accrediting board in all of North America for the field of human sexuality. In addition, he is a board certified Sexologist by the American College of Sexologists and is an active and contributing member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Dr. McKenzie is a regular guest lecturer on Sex, Religion and Culture at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and at Simon Fraser University. He is quoted widely in local and national newspapers, in national magazines and on local and national television. Dr. David is featured monthly as the resident couples counsellor and sex therapist on Vancouver’s Fanny Kiefer’s Studio 4 on Shaw Cable 4

  The University of Maryland: 34 years of data from 45,000+ participants  
  The unhappy vs the happy:
30% more TV, 30% less sex

“As with personal happiness, respondents happier with their marriage visit more, particularly with relatives, and they go to bars less often than the not happy. They engage in 30% more sex, and they attend religious services more and read newspapers on more days. While those not happy with their marriages do watch more TV ..."

“Almost no differences are found for Internet use. However, the pattern for daily TV use is particularly dramatic, with not happy people estimating over 30% more TV hours per day than very happy people... these points have parallels with addiction; since addictive activities produce momentary pleasure but long term misery and regret.”

What Do Happy People Do?
John P. Robinson and Steven Martin Department of Sociology,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA