December 01, 2018

Chair Column

Alexandria Hien McCombs, Humana, Irving, TX

Gratitude. The holiday season reminds us to be thankful for people and things often taken for granted, such as family, friends, food, clothing, and shelter. However, gratitude transcends mere acknowledgment of these blessings. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence describes gratitude as “a state of mind that arises when you affirm a good thing in your life that comes from outside yourself, or when you notice and relish little pleasures.” In other words, gratitude is relational; it connects us with our own sense of being and purpose. In fact, studies have shown that people who embrace gratitude enhance their overall joy and well-being and decrease feelings of depression, sadness, and loneliness.

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