The Power of Gratitude is in the Sharing
Posted on September 13, 2017 by Atria Senior Living
Take a few moments to think about what you are grateful for: things like your health, your family, your friends, the food on your table, the roof over your head and the beauty of the flowers planted outside the coffee shop.
When we mindfully contemplate our blessings, we consider that some are things we did not always have, or lost temporarily. We acknowledge that many others do not share our good fortune. We recognize that we might not always have what we do now.
The ability to consistently experience gratitude is both a cultivated skill and a gift – one that must be expressed and shared with others over and over again to realize its full power. Our capacity for gratitude is greatly informed by our life experience and our resilience, both of which older people have in abundance. (Think about it another way: How grateful were you as a teenager? Maybe not so much.)
More than 21,000 people – with 1.8 million combined years of experience – call Atria home. Our residents know the wisdom of gratitude and understand its power to make the world a better place. So, who better to lead by example?
For the second consecutive year, Atria residents will demonstrate acts of gratitude and promote kindness and goodwill throughout September in celebration of World Gratitude Day, September 21. Their mission is called “Go Grateful.” Last year, a wide range of people found themselves on the receiving end of residents’ acts of appreciation – from friends, neighbors and random strangers to retail clerks, medical professionals and firefighters and other first responders. The residents gave out candy, flowers, advice, hugs and compliments.
“Gratitude is such a simple and universal principle, and yet it’s so powerful,” says Ronda Watson, Senior Vice President of Culinary and Engage Life for Atria. “The ‘Go Grateful’ mission is a form of creative expression that allows our residents to demonstrate the wisdom and perspective they’ve earned through experience – and that others can learn from. Our residents inspire us, and we know they’ll be an inspiration to others.”
It’s an undeniable truth: The world needs more gratitude. Join the movement and express gratitude with your words and your actions. Inspire others to join you by posting a message about who or what you are grateful for on Atria's National Facebook Page or your personal Instagram or Twitter accounts using the hashtag #goGrateful. See how our residents are sharing gratitude at GoGratefulNow.com. Let’s make the world a better place together.