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Maya Angelou wrote: “I’ve learned that you
shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both
hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
Life really is more fulfilling when we give and share.
It’s also healthier. In this issue of Apple, we look at how
sharing enriches the lives of those who give and those who
As Kathryn Ward writes in Mine! No, MINE! on page
18, sharing is a learned skill we begin to grasp as toddlers
and perfect through practice, practice and more practice.
For some of us, that practice may be encouraging a child to
share with a new brother or sister (see Helping One Child
Welcome Another on page 16). When parents help their
little ones understand that there’s enough of their love for
all the kids, they’re creating a safe, secure and trusting
place for their children to thrive.
Another place parents can build safety, security and
trust is around the breakfast, lunch and dinner table. At
our house, we don’t make gourmet meals, but we do make
time in between sports, music lessons, school and work
to share several meals a week. As Colleen Seto writes in
Sharing Family Meals on page 49, it’s time well spent.
Of course, giving and sharing goes beyond family
life—and can last a lifetime. Jennifer Allford gives us a
glimpse into how teens across the province are making
communities healthier by giving their time, energy and
effort in Positive Contributions on page 20. In Seniors Give
Back on page 24, Seto looks at how volunteering keeps
older adults engaged and active, which is essential to
Carrying on with the theme, Valerie Berenyi looks at the
health benefits of giving in her story Get the Giver’s Glow
on page 59. “Kindness and generosity trigger the release
of feel-good brain chemicals that give us warm fuzzies or
what some call a ‘giver’s glow,’ ” she writes. Berenyi also
reports that studies show when older adults give, they
sleep better, hear better and have a stronger hand grip.
These folks are all throwing something back, and are
healthier as a result. Sounds like a good deal all around.
Colleen Turner is the senior program officer with Community
Engagement and Communications at Alberta Health Services.