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Leaving Lights on for Hope and Cheer


Published: 7Jan2021
Suburban home with Christmas lights and lighted reindeer and snowmen on the lawn
Image by Image courtesy of CTV News.

Some Canadians are choosing to leave their Christmas lights on a little longer this year in a bid to keep the holiday cheer going during these dark times. Dr. Tina C. Montreuil, Assistant Professor for McGill Educational and Counselling Psychology, says the lights can really bring a boost to morale during trying times. “Hope is an essential ingredient of resilience,” she said. “One of the only really true ways that we can sustain the ongoing restrictions is to holding onto some level of hope.”

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