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The Power of Gratitude is in the Sharing

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Admin

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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.

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  • Pamela Galvan says:

    I’m very grateful for working for Atria for 10 years and have loved everyone on them. I’m grateful for my family and friends and for the God I server. I’m grateful to be alive.

  • Shannon Van Metre says:

    I am grateful for my parents. It is an honor to be able to help care for my mom because she first cared for me❤️❤️

  • Corinne says:

    I am very very thankful and grateful for the last almost a year and a half that I have been able to live Ironwood Estates in Saint Albert since I lost my home in Fort McMurray Alberta not only me but many others I am grateful for the staff here grateful for the people that I have met the food the entertainment being able to travel the beautiful grounds as I look about me here at Ironwood I am also thankful that I am still young enough to enjoy and take part in opportunities that is present here at Ironwood Thank you Atria from a grateful person who lost there home yet now I am living like a queen and hope to be for some time to come

  • Bev Zilles says:

    My mother Gwen was a resident at Atria until she Unexpectedly passed away She loved living there. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. She loved the activities and the friends and staff.
    I was glad to hear you were all safe and well cared for during the hurricane
    I enjoy seeing your activities.
    Bev Z.

  • Sandy Purdy says:

    I am grateful for the incredible experience the Hurricane Irma evacuation provided for the Atria Sprinboro, Ohio volunteers. We learned so much from all of the wonderful residents as well as the staff members of the communities that were evacuated. I will always remember the outpouring of help that many people offered in so many ways. I am humbled by the outpouring of care and love for these people! I am so blessed to work for such a wonderful company.

  • Sara Ciuzio says:

    My grandmother is a resident at Atria Great Neck, NY and I would like to recognize Arielle(Resident Relations Director) and Matthew(Maintenance Director). Whenever I contact either of them with a question/request on my grandmother’s behalf, they do whatever they can(go above and beyond what I would call the Call of Duty) to make sure that my grandmother is as happy and is as comfortable as possible. If there is every a concern they get back to me very promptly and even off what would be considered ‘Normal business hours’. #GoGrateful