|Brian at HVAF|
The best thank-yous are the unexpected ones, like the one Brian created for his participation in HVAF’s recovery program. He and other veterans created small individual gratitude trees in March and his words on each leaf are big and bold. In the process of creating the tree Brian discovered that gratitude is a deeper, more complex phenomenon that plays a critical role in human happiness. Gratitude is one of the few things that can measurably change peoples’ lives. It’s changed his.
On the various leaves he has written: HVAF’s REST program, Back on My Feet, Family, God, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Being Clean and Serene. He will keep it by his bed and watch it grown by adding other things he is thankful for.
This was all part of a project that REST Social Worker Curtis Williamson set up for the veterans currently in the recovery program.
Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can increase happiness by 25%, reduce stress levels, and lead to a stronger immune system. Rather than focusing on negative and challenging things that take place in a day, spending just a few moments each day to “count your blessings” can make a real difference.
He is looking forward to completing REST, graduating from the program, and eventually securing permanent housing.