An Attitude of Gratitude at RiverWoods Manchester

Gratitude can be a powerful catalyst for happiness. The simple (or at times, not so simple) act of being grateful for something every day can reframe our mindset to a more positive outlook.

The act of expressing gratitude is even more powerful when a community comes together to help each other express it. RiverWoods Manchester Nurse Practitioner, Vicki Petalas sees the sense of gratitude in the community and worked together with several residents to create the Gratitude Tree.

The tree is fittingly a birch style with lights in the branches. Residents and employees are invited to select an ornament, a wooden disc fitted with a chalkboard plaque to write on and express whatever invokes gratitude for them at the moment.

Some of the benefits of this practice include:

  • Opening the door to more relationships
  • Improving physical & physiological health
  • Enhances empathy and reduces aggression
  • Improving sleep
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Increases mental strength

Many thanks are due to the team of crafty residents who brought this tree to fruition. The woodworking committee for their time cutting, sanding and drilling the ornaments. A few more crafters for adding the chalkboard plates and ribbons, and an expert floral designer for creating the arrangement on the ornament table.

The act of finding something new each day to be grateful for can be a challenge, so try to keep it simple.

What are you grateful for? Your family? Your health? Your pets? The things we take for granted like hot showers? These are just some of the sentiments found on the tree, and the staff is grateful for our amazing group of residents! This holistic effort is a perfect example of the way our community comes together and supports a purpose.


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