Visiting Angels November 2017

November 2017

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More Than ‘Thank You’ Several years ago, I read an article about a family who created a blessing box. Each time something happened that they were thankful for, they wrote it down on a piece of paper and placed it inside the box. During Thanksgiving dinner, they passed the box around the table and each person took turns reading aloud the year full of memories. are thankful for slept better and longer than individuals who didn’t reflect on gratitude before getting their shuteye. The Enduring Value of Gratitude

Gratitude is so much more than

This sounded like such a great idea that my family decided to try it themselves. As we sat around the table reading about the things we were thankful for throughout the year, it hit me that there are so many little things that we forget to be grateful for each day. I’ve heard of other families who have done this, sometimes calling it a gratitude jar. If you have never done this before, I highly recommend it. Reflecting on all the things you were thankful for during the year is such a relaxing and pleasant experience. In fact, practicing gratitude is actually good for your health There have been many studies which have looked into how gratitude impacts a person’s physical and mental health. By and large, people who actively practice gratitude tend to be healthier and more mentally sound than those who think about gratitude less often. For seniors, or anyone who may be experiencing changes in health or other transitions, practicing gratitude can have a strong positive impact. Expressing gratitude has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve sleep, overall mood, and immune system function. Leading gratitude researcher, Dr. Robert A. Emmons, found gratitude helps increase happiness and reduce depression. Practicing gratitude can also help people sleep better! A 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being showed people who spend just 15 minutes writing down what they

“By and large, people who actively practice gratitude tend to be healthier and more mentally

saying, “Thank you.” It is acknowledging the good things in life and keeping those good feelings with us. I believe this is why we

see so many real benefits when we practice gratitude. Recognizing everything we have to be thankful for helps us look on the brighter side of life and makes us more resilient when times are tough. Gratitude isn’t about being happy and thankful for everything that comes our way. It’s about recognizing the good moments and taking time to really appreciate them. And if there’s ever a time to bring a bit more gratitude into our lives, it’s certainly during Thanksgiving! We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our care recipients and their families. Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! sound than those who think about gratitude less often.”

Cindy Saunders, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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