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Thanksgiving is a time for being “thankful” and about Gratitude. At Vista Village we are thankful every day for our residents and staff who truly care about one another. We show our appreciation in many ways. Most recently our residents made Harvest wreaths that could be placed on their doors. Kay, a very creative and caring resident placed her wreath on the Marketing Director’s door as a thank you for always being so nice. Sometimes a simple gesture can be all the difference. We’re here for each other. Any day we can make someone smile is a wonderful day.

Here are 8 Great Benefits of Gratitude:

  • Improves your attitude. Expressing gratitude makes you feel more positive and optimistic, which can reduce stress and help improve your overall mental fortitude.
  • Builds stronger relationships. A simple ‘thank you’ lays the groundwork for a stronger relationship, whether you’re expressing gratitude to a loved one or to a stranger. Saying ‘thanks’ is a way to acknowledge a person for their help, which encourages them to feel special.
  • Improves your mental health. The next time you fell upset or frustrated, write down what you’re thankful for. Studies show that expressing gratitude helps you to deal better with your emotions and may even reduce depression.
  • Enhances your physical health. Studies show a strong correlation between gratitude and health. Put simply, people who are thankful tend to be healthier. Not only do they exercise more frequently and visit the doctor for their annual checkups, but they report feeling healthier as well.
  • Boosts your self-esteem. Taking stock of what you’re grateful for helps you maintain perspective and makes you less likely to compare yourself to other people.
  • Promotes better sleep. Jotting down what you’re thankful for each day boosts your mood and reduces your stress, which can help you sleep better at night.
  • Increases your empathy for others. Gratitude may make you more sensitive toward other people’s feelings. Studies show grateful people are less likely to resort to retaliation when they experience negativity from others.
  • Spreads happiness! Gratitude positively impacts your overall well-being, making you happier and more satisfied with your life.
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