“Feeling Gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present
and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward.
We all make lists – grocery lists, things to do lists, and lately on
Facebook, I’ve seen a gratitude list. It’s a challenge to make a
daily list of things for which you are grateful. There’s some
science behind the gratitude list, some health reasons for
focusing on gratitude.
Feeling gratitude makes us happier, and also healthier. Drs.
Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough have studied
gratitude extensively. In one of their studies, subjects were
divided into three groups each with different assignments. One
group wrote daily about things for which they were grateful,
group two wrote about things that aggravated them, and a third
group jotted down anything that affected them, good or bad.
After 10 weeks, the groups were compared and the group that
focused on gratitude was more optimistic. They exercised
more and went to the doctor less – they reported fewer aches
and pains. Although the study could not determine cause and
effect, similar studies support a strong relationship between
being grateful and having a solid sense of well-being.
So here’s the ALTA Gratitude List:
- We are grateful to work in a profession where
people regain strength, fitness, well-being and
health. We love being a part of the solution.
- We are grateful to work in a facility with so many
great rehab tools: Pilates reformers, the AlterG,
barrels, chairs, Core Stix and more.
- We are grateful for colleagues with a different set of
tools and different ways of looking at a problem. We
learn from each other every day, and all in the
service of our patients.
- We are grateful to live in a town where exercise and
health have high value.
As a reminder, our office will be closed Thursday 11/27 and Friday 11/28 for the Thanksgiving
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!!
- And most of all, we are grateful every day for you, our patients. You provide us with opportunities to grow professionally and personally, and to share in your successes.
We hope you know how much we value each of you. We think you do. And many of you send us huge compliments; you send your sisters, husbands, daughters and friends to see us. We’re grateful for your trust. It is a trust we don’t take lightly.
So during this season of giving thanks, big thanks go to each of you.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Your friends at ALTA