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Aside from a lazy afternoon and an extra slice of pumpkin pie, there are plenty of things to celebrate this season. 2021 has come with many unexpected challenges, but in the midst of it all, there’s still a lot to be grateful for. From personal achievements to professional milestones to the simple ability to protect your patients from COVID-19, you should practice gratitude when you gather ‘round the Thanksgiving table this year.
Gratitude matters. Researchers at the University of Southern California found that practicing gratitude — both in the Thanksgiving season and beyond — can have a positive effect on health. Physical benefits include reduced pain and inflammation, lower blood pressure, and better sleep. Emotional benefits include lower levels of depression and a stronger sense of overall well-being.
Gratitude doesn’t stop there, though. In fact, researchers from the same study found that practicing gratitude can lead to better relationships across the board. Researchers say, “People who are grateful get less triggered or angry, they have more positive feelings, and in some ways, that attracts other people… When you feel these positive emotions and relish good experiences with others, there’s bonding in that, and it tends to build stronger relationships.”
If you want to improve yourself and your relationships, start here. Before you fill up your plate, take a moment to say thanks for all that you’ve been given.
Of all the things to be thankful for this year, other people are the most important. This includes your family, your friends, and your nosy next-door neighbor. And, of course, it includes the people in your independent pharmacy.
These people — your patients and your employees — have kept your front doors open for years. Through the good and the bad, you’ve trusted them. You’ve depended on them. You’ve relied on them to protect each other and protect others around them. These people are worth thanking, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do it.
Being appreciative is one thing, but showing appreciation is another. This holiday season, use a few ideas to show how just how appreciative you are — because, after all, gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving.
For more information about each of these ideas, visit our RxLocal blog, 6 Key Steps to Support Your Pharmacy’s Staff.
As we head into the holiday season, remember that Thanksgiving is the best time to take a step back and reflect on all of the good things in your life. When you count your blessing this year, don’t forget your pharmacy. Make it a priority to say “thank you” today and every day — using both your words and actions.