Veteran’s and those currently serving in the United States military show gratitude through their continuous commitment and acts of service. Saying “thank you” is one of the first lessons our parents teach us, it is polite. But Gratitude can be so much more, in small and large acts each day.
Recently I committed to give back to the Fort Collins community in bigger and more significant ways, as a way of acting from a place of gratitude. Veteran’s Compass, a newly formed non profit serving veterans in Northern Colorado, seemed to be the perfect fit. Serendipitously, the Fort Collins Community Foundation announced “Celebrating Gratitude”, an initiative to thank our veterans through a letter writing campaign. www.mycommunityfoundationnc.org/celebratinggratitude
Acts of Gratitude are often so simple AND they add tremendously to our lives. Consider the following, based on thousands of brain based research studies through out the past 20 years
*Gratitude is good for our body, lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system and reducing symptoms of illness.
*Gratitude strengthens our relationships, making us feel closer and more committed to friends and romantic partners.
*Gratitude makes us happier and reduces anxiety and depression.
*Grateful people are more altruistic, compassionate and helpful.
*Gratitude makes us more resilient, helping people recover from traumatic events and PTSD.
Please consider acting on your gratitude, check out Veteran’s Compass on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Veterans-Compass-1731311167133821/ and write a letter to a service member. Let me know how gratitude changes you!