The Importance of Gratitude: It’s Worth Saying out Loud


By: Carmine Stumpo, Vice President, Programs

If you turn on the television or follow Twitter, it’s hard not to feel  depressed. The last few weeks have been filled with extreme weather events leaving people without the bare necessities of life, and senseless violence that is beyond reason or explanation.

So, how does one remain positive? It is a choice to be grateful for things we have.

You may or may not agree with the politics of our local, provincial and federal governments, however… 

I am grateful I live in a great city within the best country in the world. This year we celebrated Canada 150. We should never take for granted what it means to be Canadian, eh?

Closer to home, we know people are working harder than ever to get by. At MGH, many are putting in long hours as we continuously try to do more with less, however…

I am grateful for the work I do. I consider it a privilege to be a part of a team with so many amazing people doing such important work within East Toronto – creating health and building community. This is hard but meaningful work that makes a difference in so many lives.

We know people are struggling with health issues with either themselves or their families and friends, however…

I am grateful I am part of an extended community that looks out for each other and is committed to physical, mental and spiritual well-being, both within and outside the organization. I have seen individuals, departments and the organization pitch to help in times of need.

I was recently reminded of the importance of gratitude, by declaring to a group what I was grateful for. And sometimes it is the little things that surprisingly make the world of difference. On this Thanksgiving weekend, I encourage everyone to take the time to tell someone what they are grateful for. It is worth saying out loud.

Happy Thanksgiving,



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