A United Nations report released this week indicated that Canadians as a whole are the sixth happiest people in the world out of 156 countries surveyed.
We came in behind Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden ... but well ahead of the United States in 17th and the United Kingdom in 22nd.
It likely doesn’t come as any surprise to anyone who lives in this safe and abundant land, especially those of us who live in this province where our parents and grandparents voted to become Canadians.
There are still a few who long for us to be our own nation again and wear glib nationalist sayings on their shirts and stick old-time flags on their front verandas, but they are in at the fringe of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians — at least the ones who say they want to separate.
Why are we so far ahead of the country to the south that we share the vast part of the continent with? Why not. We have it all over Americans when it comes to a way of life.
Sure we grumble about paying too many taxes, the weather, wait times at hospitals, the price of gas and too much snow, but the positives vastly outweigh the negatives.
Canadians have few things to fear. Just look at the news coverage of the poor souls in Syria who grabbed a few belongings and scrambled out of the country to save the lives of their families.
They live in tents with few comforts and are choking on dust with little or no hope that things will change any time soon.
And displaced Syrians are just the latest of those who would give anything to come to Canada and taste the life we take for granted.
We should all pledge to be less critical of our beautiful country and look more fondly at all we have to be thankful for.