At holiday time, and particularly Christmas, most people have a sense of increased happiness and gratitude. Clinical trials indicate the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects on one’s health. Practicing gratitude can lower blood pressure and improve immune function which guards against both short term and chronic illness. Grateful people engage in more exercise, have better dietary behaviors, sleep better, are less fatigued, less depressed, have more confidence, and have decreased anxiety.
Gratitude and positivity may also influence other people. Gratitude and positivity cause the brain to release a hormone called oxytocin which causes a shift not only in the person who is expressing gratitude, but the person on the receiving end reaps benefits as well. The exchange of positivity strengthens bonds and promotes well-bring in a relationship. This allows for greater opportunities for friendships.
The expression of gratitude may be as simple as being grateful for a blue sky, or rain, or getting a parking space.
There are also several events happening in the next several weeks that allow us collectively to express and experience gratitude.
Pearl Harbor Day is Wednesday, Dec. 7th. A remembrance of this “day that will live in infamy” is being held at 10:30 at Tonaquint cemetery. There are 2,335 reasons why you should take a few minutes to be in attendance for that moment of silence.
Saturday, December 17th, is “Wreaths Across America,” also starting at Tonaquint cemetery at 10:00. The goal is to place wreaths on 1,184 Veterans graves in the St. George cemetery and 980 in the Tonaquint cemetery. How reverent and poignant it will be to have you as a Veteran stand at another Veterans grave, whisper the departed’s name, thank that Veteran for his or her service, place a beautiful wreath on the grave, and then render your finest hand salute. Don’t miss these opportunities to demonstrate gratitude, but also to experience the benefits of gratitude in your own heart.
Let me take this moment to express my gratitude to all of you, for the service and sacrifice you have rendered to our country. Have a very Merry Christmas!
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