The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
By Dr. Jamie Rotnofsky Ph.D., CRC, CP, QME
Director of Employee Assistance Services
This time of year is quite special as it is a time to reflect and become introspective. As the leaves change color and gracefully begin to fall to the ground below we know winter is not far behind. Winter represents the end of a life span, a time of hibernation, a time of rest. We think of those who have left us, taken a new path, those we will miss, and those we will grieve but will never forget. As we approach the holiday we have an opportunity to choose how we will celebrate, who we will be with and take the time to appreciate what we have and to give what we can to others.
Like many of you I too tend to take my life for granted and don’t take the moments to think about and appreciate all that I have to be grateful for. I truly have many gifts, a beautiful loving wife, amazing loving children, people around me that love me, a job that I enjoy and people I enjoy working with. These are just a few of the amazing parts of my life. I am sure you too can think about what you are grateful for.
Benefits of Gratitude
Did you know that having gratitude:
- Lowers your blood pressure
- Improves your immune function
- Promotes happiness and well-being
- Spurs acts of helpfulness, generosity and cooperation
- Reduces lifetime risk of depression, anxiety and addiction
- Creates meaning in your life
The key is to not just be thankful during the holidays. It is important to keep it going all year long.
Tips to keep up the Attitude of Gratitude:
- Keep visual reminders around you
- Pick a time of day to sit down and think about or write down what you are grateful for
- Be kind to others
- Make a vow to practice gratitude
- Set up auto-responders that send you messages of gratitude
- Remember to laugh
I hope you found this article inspiring. If you would like you can send EAS an email and let us know what inspires you, what gives you hope, and those things you are grateful for. Send your inspirational emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about other topics on psychological health and well-being or to make an appointment with one of our professional counselors, please go to our website at www.rc-hr.com/eas or call 1(888)829-8999.
On behalf of Employee Assistance Services (EAS) we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
From Greater Good Magazine: Science-Based Insights for a Meaningful Life
Are you truly grateful for the good things in your life—or do you take them for granted? To find out—and discover steps for promoting even more gratitude in your life—take this quiz:
- GRATITUDE QUIZ
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