As we honor today, Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, it is also a day to reflect on the profound healing and care working in our lives.

Each year, Memorial Day serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by the members of our armed forces. Their sacrifices, and those of their families, have ensured the freedom and security of our nation. Now, while Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen in battle, it is also a time to express gratitude.

In fact, gratitude is a very powerful emotion that transcends borders and cultures. It is the act of acknowledging the blessings in our lives no matter how small. Cultivating a sense of gratitude can have a multitude of effects on our physical and mental health. In fact, research has shown that practicing gratitude can actually reduce our stress hormones, like cortisol, and as a result, promote a sense of relaxation. Gratitude has also been linked to sleep quality and a reduction in anxiety. Sleeping, in itself, can drastically affect our overall health.

So today, as you honor Memorial Day, remember the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women, and express gratitude for the freedoms we have now due to the sacrifices they have made. Cherish the moments you have this weekend, and embrace the blessings surrounding us. Furthermore, as you observe Memorial Day, pause and reflect on the connection between gratitude and health. Cultivate the spirit of thankfulness and never forget the sacrifices that have been given.

-Dr. Hebdon

Nadine Hebdon

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