November Values Statement on Gratitude

2020’s #Values continue with Gratitude for November.

A Proclamation for November

A PROCLAMATION BY COMPASSIONATE POMONA, A CONSORTIUM OF CARING INDIVIDUALS AND AGENCIES IN THE CITY OF POMONA, PROCLAIMING NOVEMBER 2020 AS “GRATITUDE’’ MONTH  IN THE CITY OF POMONA

WHEREAS, as a Compassionate Pomona—in concurrence with the Charter for Compassion which the City of Pomona proclaimed on April 2nd, 2018—we continue to focus on thoughts and actions that promote compassion and inner and outer peace; and 

WHEREAS, in alignment with the goal of compassion, Compassionate Pomona has identified “Gratitude” as a value which supports the Charter for Compassion, particularly in the midst of the current Covid epidemic; and 

WHEREAS, during the month of November, when we continue to experience physical separation from loved ones with whom we would normally share the National Thanksgiving holiday; and

WHEREAS, this time of unusual solitude allows us to intentionally focus our thoughts gratefully on life, health, family, community, and safety; and

WHEREAS, contemplating gratitude makes us aware of the positive aspects of our existence increasing our sense of wellbeing making us happier, better-adjusted and more resilient; and

WHEREAS, gratitude improves relationships by making people friendlier and more likable, helps deepen relationships and strengthens marriages; and

WHEREAS, gratitude is more than saying “thank you”, it is more than a feeling, it is a practice, a way of life-participation; and

WHEREAS, gratitude increases success by increasing focus, productivity, goal achievement and self-esteem; and

WHEREAS, research shows that practicing gratitude dramatically improves overall health and wellbeing by enhancing mood, decreasing stress, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, improving the immune system, pain management, relaxation and sleep. Grateful people tend to have fewer stress-related illnesses, experience less depression, have lower blood pressure, and are more physically fit; and

WHEREAS, schools, businesses, and governmental and non-profit agencies can encourage and support projects and programs to engage our community in positive activities which foster the practice of gratitude, and  

WHEREAS, Compassionate Pomona encourages all Pomonans to embrace “Gratitude” through intention and action and to use “#valuesPomona” to share this movement on social media, thus integrating “Gratitude” into the daily life of our community. 

NOW, THEREFORE, COMPASSIONATE POMONA does hereby proclaim the month of November 2020 as the month of

GRATITUDE

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