Don’t worry, be happy

“Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it not for note, don’t worry – be happy.”

“In every life we have some trouble, if you worry you make it double, don’t worry – be happy.”

It would seem quite logical that this article from Readers Digest is the first thing that Greg Byrne is showing folks when trying to recruit them to move here. Same with the team in France promoting New Brunswick.

I was at one of the many things my kids are involved in last night and I saw this in Readers Digest. I tore it out (sorry!) and passed it around the little group of people there. Then I got a raft of stories confirming that NB is actually a place you can be happy. My wife mentioned a couple that moved here from the Okanagan Valley in BC – the husband didn’t even have a job but they moved here to come back home.

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0 Responses to Don’t worry, be happy

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes ,its well known,but is worth a study to find the real why.
    Because the further west you go the worse it gets,until you reach Vancouver where it is absolutely pathetic,and I have told them so.
    They pay more for gates and walls on their homes than we pay in homes,and I know this for a fact,having lived 6 years and traveled every street in Langley,Surrey,Maple Ridge,having about 5 people speak to me in a 4 year period.It is just sad too see.
    Every mailbox from 200th st to 272nd street off 16th avenue are smashed.
    After my experiences I easily said NB is the best place I ever been,although I liked New York.

  2. Vincerolly says:

    So a handful come to NB as much larger numbers are leaving, some, perhaps to come back at some point, but many, one suspects, never to return.

    It’s genuinely sad, isn’t it?

    There are beautiful, tranquil and safe places in much of Canada, and in every province. No shortage of pastoral vistas even one hour out of Toronto although prices admittedly are higher. But no corporation would build a branch strategy on this logic, and government shouldn’t either.

    And has anyone researched what it means to want to attract business people who want to slow down, spend more quality time with their families, and essentially retreat somewhat from their Type A competitors?

  3. David Campbell says:

    Vincerolly, I don’t want to delve to deeply into that stream of thought. I still take the superficial view that there are hard working, talented folk who want a better work/life balance than you get in a large urban centre. We need to stimulate economic development here and then go and try and attract them here. It’s not about semi-retirement or mental retirement. It’s about work/life balance – or at least that’s my line.