Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are enjoying a day of rest and of joy, however you celebrate. We are grateful to each one of you for your many contributions in the classroom and are awed by the many things that you do within the organizations at which you work, in your families, and in the community. We know that the very best thing about our programs is you, the students who are in them.
On the theme of gratitude, this short blog post about the value of gratitude within organizations is especially appropriate. It includes this excerpt about research about gratitude that was done at USC:
“…grateful brains showed enhanced activity in two primary regions: the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). These areas have been previously associated with emotional processing, interpersonal bonding and rewarding social interactions, moral judgment, and the ability to understand the mental states of others…
In other words, gratitude isn’t merely about reward—and doesn’t just show up in the brain’s reward center. It involves morality, connecting with others, and taking their perspective.”
In other words, being grateful is an act of social justice and relates direcctly to NDNU’s Hallmarks and mission! The whole post is called, “On Thanksgiving, Remember the Connecting Power of Gratitude at Work” and it is a good (short) read that can be found at the hyperlink.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving. Know that we are deeply grateful for YOU!
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