The Grateful Season
November has been called “the grateful season,” and with the Thanksgiving holiday coming up next week, I’ve been thinking about the importance of gratitude.
Social scientist and researcher Brene Brown is a passionate student of human connectedness. In her work, she has studied topics like courage, vulnerability, shame, empathy and leadership. When she turned her attention to gratitude, she was surprised to find that its relationship to another important human emotion – joy – was not what she thought it would be. “I went into the research thinking that the relationship between joy and gratitude was: if you are joyful, you should be grateful. But it wasn’t that way at all. Instead, practicing gratitude invites joy into our lives.”
“Practicing gratitude” means actually doing something – something that can be observed and is tangible. Perhaps it is keeping a journal of things you are grateful for, or maybe it is taking a few minutes each day to focus on things you are grateful for – what I grew up calling “counting your blessings.” It can be expressing your appreciation to someone personally either in person or by sending a text or note.
One thing I give thanks for every day is the opportunity to work here at Adventist HealthCare to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. And I see that gratitude reflected back in two important ways:
The gratitude and joy of our patients, their families and our community are indicators that our Mission is thriving. Every day, we get positive feedback, letters and reviews sharing the joy for excellent care and outstanding clinical results that makes me grateful to my core.
We also hear from our team members as we work hard together to design effective processes and environments for every member of our care teams and, more importantly, create a culture of care that seeks to decrease unconscious bias, promote respect and see the strength in our diverse team. We are sincerely grateful for your choice of Adventist HealthCare to be the best place to work and grow.
In this season of gratitude, I want to be sure to “practice gratitude” and thank you for all we do together to serve our communities and to promote and encourage health. May you be graced with God’s richest blessings and a sense of purpose and joy.