It’s been almost a year since our group has had the opportunity to meet and give one another a hug, encouragement, friendship, new information, or listen to an informative talk by a speaker. We’re hoping that with the vaccinations being completed here in SaddleBrooke, the rooms will become available for our gatherings. In the meantime, we should not stop giving our thanks for the daily moments of appreciation, joy, happiness, laughter, positive things that have occurred.
It’s so important for each of us to make expressing gratitude a part of daily living throughout the year. Why? Research shows that gratitude has an immense positive effect on physical and mental health. It’s becoming quite obvious that reducing emotions like stress, frustration, and anger improves mental and physical well-being. Now research also shows that expressing gratitude and appreciation has a direct positive effect on sleep, well-being, depression, and disease.
We encourage you to express gratitude toward friends and family because doing so profoundly affects emotional and physical well-being.
What’s also helpful is keeping a gratitude journal. All of these expressions of showing gratitude have shown that people exercised more regularly, had fewer physical needs, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming days. Those practicing gratitude were also more likely to have made better progress with their troubled sleeping.
Some suggested resources are the American Parkinson Disease Assn. Southern Arizona at www.apdaparkinson.org/community/arizona/resources-support-az or 520-326-5400, the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Desert Southwest Chapter at www.alz.org or 520-322-6601, the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens at www.pgcsc.org or 520-836-2758, and the Senior Placement Service at 520-870-0962 or www.aseniorjourney.com