Gratitude is a cornerstone of the science of positive psychology. Counting our blessings is good for us. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are just a handful of the things the community should be grateful for as 2019 comes to a close:

Wyoming Game and Fish leaders have endorsed staying in Jackson despite the high cost of living. With abundant wildlife on our public lands and chronic wasting disease knocking at the door, it’s important to have those public servants close at hand. Game and Fish seeks creative ways to build employee housing. We hope more agencies and businesses will recognize the value of creating ways for employees to live closer to work.

When flames sparked the sagebrush and dry grasses of East Gros Ventre Butte on two separate Sundays this fall, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and cooperating agencies leapt into action, saving homes, businesses and the irreplaceable collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Their swift and coordinated response, not to mention the aerial ballet of helicopters and airplanes, was a thing of beauty that belied the grave danger of a wind-driven wildfire.

Upon discovering the deterioration of several synthetic athletic fields, trustees of the Teton County School District worked swiftly with the Rec District to slate the resurfacing of the fields. This should reduce the risk of injuries among the valley’s young athletes, including concussions.

Residents respect their elders. For 40 years the Senior Center of Jackson Hole has provided services to aging people, and is committed to continuing into the future. In addition to voting to build a new living center with specific purpose excise tax money in 2017, community members stepped up to raise another $19 million to fund the construction of Sage Living Center.

Snow! Although storms haven’t yet coated valley ski resorts in powder, the five-year average of snowfall in Rendezvous Bowl is trending up. We can’t wait to see your snow dance.

The News&Guide editorial board is also grateful for readers, advertisers and subscribers. Each of those groups is vital to the success of the best large weekly newspaper in the country.

There are hundreds more good things that make our community hum.

What are you grateful for? You’re invited to jump into comments online and say what makes you feel gratitude.

This holiday season, let’s all remember to practice gratitude; it’s good for the attitude.

This editorial represents the opinion of the News&Guide’s editorial board: Johanna Love, Rebecca Huntington, Kevin Olson and Adam Meyer.

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