During the month of November, Community Foundation Sonoma County staff recorded several gratitudes each day as part of an organization-wide exercise. We were instructed to reflect upon our day and jot down two – four people, experiences or things that we were grateful for and include a reflection of why each gratitude was important.
The month long exercise allotted staff the opportunity to reframe their challenges into positive experiences and find value in the more difficult situations.
Research has long shown that individuals who live their lives with gratitude are happier. CFSC staff report stress reduction, increased smiles, and feeling healthier, happier, resilient, relaxed, empathetic, optimistic, open, friendlier and generally enjoying the people in our lives more.
Conversations about gratitude spilled over into other settings such as at meeting, in spontaneous expressions of appreciation, and to family, friends, and professional groups. We discovered and acknowledged a great love of this place and the people of Sonoma County. And gratitude begets gratitude; the more we practiced intentional acts of gratitude, the more we saw gratitude resurface in each of our lives.
As an organization, we are grateful to our community of nonprofits, donors, advocates, professional advisors, and partners. Together, we have the power and commitment to better this amazing place we love.
Check out a small sampling of the gratitudes we recorded:
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