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Letter: Positive gratitude

UC Davis Professor Robert Emmons wrote that “gratitude” incorporates “an awareness that nothing can be taken for granted.” Fred Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” My mother said, “Wash your hands.”

All three were right.

365体育投注As we approach week two of our collective new reality, my mind keeps turning back to what Professor Emmons said about the social emotion of gratitude and to what life continues to teach me about old-fashioned kindness.

So, every day, I am going to add to the following list of “Gratitudes” while we shelter-in-place:
1. I am grateful for the clerks at Nugget (and all the grocery stores) who really never signed up for this but are keeping food on the shelves and still managing to be courteous;
2. For the people on the bike path who, from six feet away, say “Good Morning”;
3. For Redwood Barn providing free delivery so that we can plant our Spring gardens, and for the Girl Scout who reminded me to plant extra squash for the Food Bank;
4. For The Davis Enterprise print version staying in business and bringing the crosswords, the comics, and the community to our homes;
5. For Stephen Colbert making me laugh on YouTube in his home, in his suit, in his bathtub;
6. For the California EDD staffer who made up the personal profile questions in the COVID-19 unemployment benefits emergency link (including “The name of your least favorite guest at your wedding”);
365体育投注 7. For my millennial son who is taking this reality seriously as he helps with our food shopping, mailing, and “tech-ing” while remembering to say thank you and, of course, washing his hands.

What are your “Gratitudes”?

Athena Gold
Davis

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