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Gratitude has a wealth of positive effects text on picture of Beaumont Tower above the fall leaves
In November, we often reflect and give thanks or take the time to think about what we are grateful for. For some of us, it is a year-round process. At our house, we talk about the best part of our day and the worst part of our day each night at dinner. We reflect on what we are grateful for. Other people start grateful jars and write something down each day, starting on the first of the year, then review them at the end of the year. No matter what your motivation, or what time of the year you do it, practicing gratitude has a wealth of positive effects on your health, relationships, personality, emotions, and career. 
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Leanne Hancock Hardisty, Research Associate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at MSU provides her insights on being a new parent, breastfeeding and tips for success.
Erin Gorman Outstanding Supervisor Award winner
Each October, MSU’s WorkLife Office honors Michigan State University supervisors who have consistently demonstrated sensitivity to the intersection of their employees’ work and personal lives. Employees from any MSU unit may nominate their supervisors. After the WorkLife Office determines the year’s winners, the festivities begin. The WorkLife Office coordinates with employees in the winners’ work spaces to make each winner’s celebration day special. 
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Being buried under debt makes it tough to save enough for a rainy-day fund or for retirement. On Thursday, Nov. 7, from noon – 1 p.m. WorkLife Office presents Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt with our local TIAA financial consultant, Jessica Burmeister, in the MSU Union, Room 30. Or, attend the same session as a webinar on Friday, Nov. 8, from 9 – 10 a.m. hosted by our local TIAA financial consultant, Ryan Hallowell.
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Each year in November Veterans from across the university gather for a series of events. The WorkLife Office is proud to support and celebrate veterans along with the Student Veterans Resource Center.
Patrick Forystek
Patrick speaks about diversity, "The military can be a catalyst for incredible personal and professional growth, especially when combined with quality education outside of the military. It’s also important to note that the military is incredibly diverse, but many groups are often marginalized because they don’t fit the military stereotype."
Emily Bredin and her family
Emily appreciates the impacts of military life, "I like to believe that my need for being organized and being able to adapt quickly to changing situations in the workplace comes from always being the one to keep us on task at home with all that can change.  It’s a life I never imaged I would have, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else!"
Chelesy Eimer
Chelsey talks about her military life experience, "It’s amazing the emotional resilience that builds in the background when you’re a military child. The ability to adapt to stressful situations or major life changes, to "roll with the punches,” is learned on an almost subconscious level. Sure, I was mad at my parents for moving me across the country – but every step we took led me to where I am today, and I can see the value in that. "
Robert E. Hernandez
Robert E. Hernandez shares insights of being a veteran, "There are heroes in our world and in our country. They don’t get paid millions but we owe them our lives and liberties. I remember them. They make me want to be a better person each and every day I remember them. There is something worth fighting for: you."
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Michigan State University celebrates National Work and Family Month every October. During this time, we hold signature events, including our annual WorkLife Conference, celebrations for MSU’s Outstanding Supervisors, and other programming joining workplaces across the U.S. to promote healthier work environments.