DECEMBER  2017      

Hello December! With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's a good time to stop and think about what's good in your life. 

This month's topic is GRATITUDE. Your life will be better with gratitude in it. Read on for more information about how.

Gratitude - The Definition
grat·i·tude
ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun

"a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives ... As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals - whether to other people, nature, or a higher power" 

synonyms:
gratefulness, thankfulness,  thanksappreciationindebtedness;

Like Something? Spread The Word
An easy way to share your gratitude is to support businesses or social causes through technology with acts such as posting reviews on Yelp, giving testimonials, and sharing recommendations. If there is a neat little café down the street from you, or a local carpenter you think does great work, or even a physical therapy clinic that you find helpful (wink), then spread the word. Business owners work hard to make everyone's experience enjoyable. We sometimes forget that a simple gesture of gratitude can go a long way to making these business owners keep working hard. If you are giving an online review or testimonial, be sure to include specific reasons why you like "it" so much.  

You can even get the whole family involved. When you go to a local restaurant, say to your family, "Hey let's do a rating on this." Sharing your thoughts with each other is a great conversation starter. Or if you read a good book, you can discuss how writing a review can help the author's work be appreciated by more readers.

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Why Show Gratitude?

There are many good reasons to bring gratitude into your life. Here are just a few:

  • Adults who feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They're also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy or alcoholics.
  • Recent research performed in 2015 showed that patients with heart failure, who completed gratitude journals showed reduced inflammation, improved sleep and better moods thus dramatically reducing their symptoms heart failure after only 8 weeks.
  • Gratitude is a powerful tool for strengthening interpersonal relationships. People who express their gratitude tend to be more willing to forgive others and less narcissistic. 
  • Expressing your thanks can really improve your overall sense of well-being: studies show that grateful people are more agreeable, more open, and less neurotic.
  • A study asked people to write and deliver a letter to someone for whom they were grateful. Right after the task their the happiness levels and life satisfaction were dramatically impacted even weeks later. 
  • Simple gratitude exercises open up tremendous possibilities for reducing a wide range of societal ills from impulse buying and insufficient saving to obesity and smoking.
APPLY GRATITUDE TO YOUR LIFE
This very evening, before you go to sleep, simply think of the positive things that happened during the day; things that you are grateful for. Take a moment to do this every night. It's not a bad idea to keep a gratitude journal to reflect on later.

If you have children, take a moment with them before bed-time to ask them to think about something they're grateful for themselves. Don't forget to set a good example by sharing what you're grateful for!

If you feel that you have neglected to thank someone for being especially kind or helpful, don't focus on feeling bad about it. Just write them a letter explaining your gratitude and deliver it in person, if possible.

If you can't deliver the letter in person, send it via post or email; whatever you do, make sure you make the effort to reach out to the people who have helped you along your path. Not only will this strengthen your relationships, it will actually make you a happier person.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH


CLINIC NEWS
Staff Birthdays This Month

Alyssa Nunez - Dec 12


The Denver Rescue Mission is in need of Hygiene packs for its residents. Our goal is to work together to make 50 hygiene packs to donate. If we can reach the goal of 50 packs, PTIS will match the donation, thereby DOUBLING our Act of Kindess.

Please   click this link to get additional information.
PHIT IN THE KITCHEN - RECIPE FOR GRATITUDE
The gratitude visit involves three basic steps: 

1. First, think of someone who has done something important and wonderful for you, yet who you feel you have not properly thanked.
2. Next, reflect on the benefits you received from this person, and write a letter expressing your gratitude for all they have done for you.
3. Finally, arrange to deliver the letter personally*, and spend some time with this person talking about what you wrote.

*Hand-delivering a letter of thanks absolves you of any residual guilt you might feel for not having thanked this person previously, and fosters a sincere, heartfelt interaction that can really strengthen your relationship.

PHITNESS CALENDAR
TAI CHI CLASS
TUESDAYS @ 11:00-12:00 pm at Pearl clinic STARTING AUGUST 8TH.
INDIVIDUAL TRX INSTRUCTION
If you would feel more comfortable with a one-on-one session, just let us know. We can do that!

FMS EVALUATIONS
The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) looks at fundamental movements, motor control within movements, and a competence of basic movement patterns. Its job is to determine movement deficiency and uncover asymmetry.

MESSAGE FROM GAIL, BEV AND BOB
We appreciate your support and business throughout the last 20+ years. We hope to keep helping you stay active for all your  WORK. SPORT. PLAY. for another 20+ years.

Sincerely,
Gail Molloy, Beverly Parrott & Robert Letendre
and all the staff at  Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists
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