Research has shown that practicing gratitude can positively change your brain. According to Kristin Francis, MD, “When we acknowledge the small things in life, we can rewire our brain to deal with the present with more awareness and broader perception. By reducing stress, gratitude reduces anxiety and depression.” The word “gratitude” is derived from the Latin word “gratia,” meaning grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Expressing gratitude represents a thankful appreciation for the tangible and intangible things we receive in life. As individuals acknowledge the goodness in their lives, a more positive thought process in general begins to emerge. Rather than engaging in negative, stressful, anxious thoughts, one is shifting focus to that which is good, helpful, and life-affirming. Gratitude then is an exercise by which an individual can increase positive emotions, improve mental and physical health, and build resiliency in the face of adversity.
Arlen Carson officially retired from the Hospital Board of Directors effective this December 2022.
Pinckneyville Community Hospital Honored for Excellence in Quality of Care