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An Attitude of Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is coming up this month, and today the Park Station Blog has some ideas about gratitude to share with members of our apartment community here in Gaithersburg, MD. Watching football and eating a feast featuring turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy are most often associated with the holiday, but giving thanks is why it was instituted. So here are a few ideas about who to show gratitude to, and how to do it.  First, the who:

  1. Name a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with or who inspire you.

Now you have a list of people who have made a difference in your life. Choose several who you are still in contact with (or find those whose contact information you can find via Facebook or from a Google search).  Once you have a way to contact them, take some time to write a letter to these wonderful people who have had a positive impact on your life. It doesn’t have to be complicated; just a note on some nice stationery, or an email, or even a text or a chat.  Be sure to cover how and why they inspire you, what you have learned from them, and how you want to incorporate their example into your life.

Who knows, they may want to come visit Lowell, just to see you! Feeling grateful is good for you, and studies have shown that serving others and being grateful has health benefits, too.  

Next, now that you’ve got people you are grateful for covered, make a list of the experiences and things you have that you are grateful for at this time. Then, when you are feeling down, stressed, frustrated, etc., get out the list and read it for an instant pick-me-up. Please feel free to leave a comment and share your experience with reaching out in gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for reading today!