Mentally check which of the following you would like to have:
_____Better Progress Toward Goals
Psychology Today magazine* has identified one practice that produces, or enhances, all of those. Thanksgiving. Gratitude.
So let’s be thankful for our great state of Michigan…
its hard-working people
its natural resources
and, that it’s home.
Thank you, Lord, for America and for the state of Michigan.
*Nov. 26, 2014. Jonathan Fader, Ph.D.
Paid for by Dr. Jim Hines for Governor; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI 48603
One of the great things about this country is that we have a day set aside to be thankful. It’s more than a time to gorge ourselves on turkey and the trimmings.
The intention of implementing this holiday is to give us time to reflect on the many good things in our lives.
Scientists are realizing more and more how much of a role gratitude plays in physical and psychological health, good relationships and even in mental strength. Grateful people live fuller, richer lives. They experience fewer aches and pains, take better care of themselves, and have less toxic emotions such as anger and resentment.
So make it a point to celebrate this Thanksgiving as the beginning of an adventure in discovering gratitude. Count your blessings.
Find joy in the little things of life. Start a list of things you are thankful for, adding a few new ones each day. And be sure to thank God for the privilege of living in a country where we often take for granted freedoms that few other people in the world enjoy.
Paid for by Jim Hines for Governor; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI 48603
Thomas Jefferson said, “The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate.” Do you believe him? I do.
People with a less than a 3rd grade reading proficiency are four times more likely to not finish high school. Studies show that increased time spent playing video games is associated with decreased reading ability.
People with limited reading skills are more likely to have…
A precarious financial position
Limited access to vital information
More workplace accidents and more medication misuse
More crime involvement and less civic involvement
Children who also have limited reading skills
One report suggests that adult illiteracy costs American society $240 billion per year through a combination of lost productivity, unrealized tax revenues, welfare, and crime.
Reading matters. Readers are leaders.
As governor of Michigan, I would promote exposure to books and reading in the home and education that emphasizes reading and refuses to promote students who do not have adequate reading skills to make it possible for them to learn at the next level.
Paid for by Dr. Jim Hines for Governor of Michigan; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI 48603
One of the big issues facing Michigan in recent years is the high rate of functional illiteracy—the inability to read well enough to perform such common tasks as filling out a job application.
In 2013, Michigan was 40th among the states in fourth grade literacy. This is a concern because fourth grade is when students should be using their reading to learn content rather than just figuring out how to read.
In addition, community colleges around the state are reporting that at least 60 percent of students require remedial reading assistance. Although there are a number of organizations offering literacy help, we still are a long way from catching up to where we should be.
Early literacy is so important that 35 states currently have policies in statute to improve 3rd grade reading through early assessment and intervention. Fifteen states require retention of students on the basis of reading proficiency.
On October 6, Governor Snyder signed legislation to focus on early assessment and intervention in the early grades to help students move ahead. This is a step in the right direction.
As governor of Michigan, one of my priorities would be the education of our children, to assure that each child has what he or she needs to learn to read proficiently.
Paid for by Dr. Jim Hines for Governor of Michigan; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI, 48603