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Michelle Suzanne Scott

Registered Social Services Worker

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Michelle@MichelleSuzanneScott.ca

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905.244.9123

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  • Grief & Gratitude March 24, 2014 Grief & GratitudeMuch research has been done and it has been proven that gratitude goes hand-in-hand with happiness, stress tolerance, a positive attitude, and satisfaction.  It isn’t always easy to embrace gratitude when we are faced with injustices and life struggles.  Experiencing trauma and grief & loss challenge us to find the silver linings.  How can we begin to feel positive while grieving?  After honouring your own feelings and thoughts and giving yourself the time you need, you may start to notice opportunities to express gratitude if you mine for them (even lumps of coal become diamonds when enough pressure is exerted.)  Judy Belmont, ...
  • Happiness is … Not Always Feeling Happy March 6, 2014 Happiness is ... Not Always Feeling HappyRecent research on happiness indicates not only does being happy feel good, it’s good for you.  More than an emotion, happiness is a state of being.  What may surprise you is happy people succeed in being happy because they have learned to embrace discontent and sadness.  Surprised?  There are some “happy” people that you may have wished had an on/off switch.  I’m not necessarily speaking of those people who seem artificially happy, with a smile always plastered on their face.  I mean those people that are content with their lot in life and move through their problems with precision and ...
  • Vulnerability Means Accepting Yourself February 25, 2014 Vulnerability Means Accepting YourselfOne of the toughest things to do is accept who we are; the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Even if we manage to become aware of our biases and observe our judgements of others, we are still hard on ourselves.  The negative self-talk is programmed in our early development; all of the negative comments we have heard over the years by teachers, friends & family combined into one big, loud negative judge.  When we are feeling particularly open and exposed, this judge takes the opportunity to encourage those self doubts.  Challenge the self doubts you have and understand that they are ...
  • Taking Things Personally … it is Not Your Reality February 19, 2014 Taking Things Personally ... it is Not Your RealityI’ve heard it mentioned a few times, “what someone else thinks about you is none of your business.”  This makes sense when you put it into the context that we are all living in our own reality.  It’s all about perception, what people’s world view is and what biases they have formed from growing up and living in their own world.  We tend to project our own experiences & awareness onto other people.  It’s how we take things personally; we assign meaning to things said to us (or about us) from our own frame of reference.  It’s impossible to know what ...
  • GRIEVING … Love & Loss February 19, 2014 GRIEVING ... Love & LossYou may have to be your own advocate when you are mourning.  BRAIN VERSUS HEART Intellectual understanding surrounding death happens quickly.  There are funeral and legal arrangements that need to be taken care of.  If we are fortunate, we are able to take a few bereavement days off work.  In many cases it seems that emotional understanding is not honoured.  It is difficult to integrate the stressful multi-tasking we have created in our lives with the emotional processing our heart needs to do during mourning.  The grief we feel cannot be tied up into a nice and neat little package – ready ...
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