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  • Trevor Greenway

Back to the things we love

I got invited to a party the other day.

I know, it sounds weird, doesn’t it? But this is a real party, with real people, live music, dancing and a lot of smiles.

Sure, the party may be two months away, but I’ve already begun drinking more and more each day to prep for the rager in April. Otherwise, I’ll be a mess by 8:15 p.m.

I’ve already started digging through my digital crates of 90s hip-hop to bask in the nostalgia of better days.

You should start getting ready for normalcy too.

As more and more restrictions loosen up, Canadians are slowly starting to feel better about themselves and the lives that lay ahead of them.

A November 2021 Stats Canada study revealed that 62 per cent of Canadians reported having “excellent” or “very good” mental health, up from 55 per cent in 2020 and close to pre-pandemic levels of 68 per cent in 2019.

But that was November, and with the horrifying Russian invasion of Ukraine, those “very good” stats may have come down a bit. But with more and more opportunities to socially connect one-on-one, face-to-face, getting back to that 68 per cent threshold may not be so daunting.

In recent years, scientists h