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The Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.  But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained …

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Prejudice, bigotry and racism are not new in Canada.

Until the age of 8, I grew up on a farm in the middle of Nowhere, Manitoba. Life was simple and routine was part of the country flavour. Early to rise was a farmer’s motto and that included everyone in the household. Summers were spent at my maternal grandparents just 10 miles or so up the road. They were also farmers and lived across the road from the James Valley Hutterite colony, where I spent …

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