MLAs Col­umn War­ren Michel­son

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The fall colours and chilly days re­mind us of the pass­ing of Sum­mer. Au­tumn is upon us and serves as a time to re­flect on the sea­sons passed as well as the many bless­ings in our lives; fam­ily, neigh­bours, our city, prov­ince, and coun­try. Thanks­giv­ing is a time to con­sider the many op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges in our lives and the lives of oth­ers while ac­knowl­edg­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing all that we have. This week­end I en­cour­age you to re­flect on the things for which you are thank­ful.

I am re­minded of the G.K. Ch­ester­ton quote: “When it comes to life, the crit­i­cal thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with grat­i­tude.”

It is more than anec­do­tal that an at­ti­tude of grat­i­tude makes one hap­pier. In a Har­vard Health Pub­lish­ing re­port, pos­i­tive psy­chol­ogy re­search shows that grat­i­tude helps peo­ple feel more pos­i­tive emo­tions, rel­ish good ex­pe­ri­ences, im­prove their health, deal with ad­ver­sity, and build strong re­la­tion­ships. It is no won­der our Chris­tian scrip­tures re­mind us, “In ev­ery­thing, give thanks.”

Many of us are thank­ful for univer­sal health care and the con­tin­u­ing im­prove­ments in health care fa­cil­i­ties; the abil­ity to pro­vide needed sup­ports for those fac­ing chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions; and the fact that all chil­dren have the op­por­tu­nity for a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. I am thank­ful for the tapestry of cul­tures that make up our prov­ince; for the hard-work­ing peo­ple who drive our econ­omy; and, at this time of year es­pe­cially, those in the farm­ing in­dus­try who pro­duce food for a grow­ing global pop­u­la­tion.

War­ren Michel­son, MLA

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