The holidays are a time to focus on the most important aspects of life. We take time out to be with family, share gifts and give to those less fortunate. Whether intentional or not, feelings of gratitude are often woven throughout these annual traditions and can impact our health in a positive way. We know that gratitude helps us appreciate life, improve our health, build strong relationships and handle adversity.
Tradition is important for all of us. Gift giving and spending time with family is beneficial for us because they remind us to be present; to draw our attention away from the daily hustle and actively choosing to focus on what is important. The holiday season allows us to nurture the relationships we have with those around us, giving us the opportunity to create memories about what we are grateful for.
Gratitude is not just a feeling but a behavior that is created through action. Holiday plans reflect our understanding of the ones around us. What we choose to do with others shows how well we know, love and appreciate them. Gift giving is not only about buying an item because we’re supposed to; it’s about taking the time to think about the person in mind, making the effort to get to know them, and considering what is truly important to them. The money and time we spend on others and our plans reflect this knowledge and how this year has passed.
The holiday season is a time to reflect, celebrate and be thankful for many aspects of life, however, practicing gratitude throughout the year is just as important as practicing gratitude around the holidays.
On behalf of the entire Prime Rehabilitation Services team, we wish you the joy of family, the gift of friends, and the best of everything in the coming year.