Gratitude: Sunshine for the Soul

The holidays are an incredibly special time, as they serve as a reminder of all we have to be thankful for–  even when we feel otherwise. 


I do not know what is going on in each of your lives, but I do know that even in the most trying times, there lies a silver lining if we are willing to search for it. 


Gratitude is a practice, and even, a discipline. Practicing gratitude does not mean whitewashing the negative or wearing rose-colored glasses; practicing gratitude is being present with everything–the good and the bad–and keeping your perspective in check. 


Gratitude helps us realize that even in our dark times, there is still light, there is still a reason to go on. Gratitude is essentially sunshine for the soul. It warms our hearts and illuminates our blessings. 


I do my best to count my blessings every day, though some days are more difficult than others due to the demands of life. However, many of us are incredibly fortunate, as our needs are met– we have food, shelter, work, resources, support, community, and many of us have not only our needs, but our “wants” as well. 


The holidays are a time to honor and celebrate all that we have–most importantly, our loved ones and community. I do not know where I would be without my beloved Sonya, my family, dear friends, and my community of like-minded people, such as you. I have come to realize that community is my medicine, for without it, I tend to lose sight of my true north. 


I write today expressing my heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of my community. You are my “why,” and it is an honor to know you. 


May your holidays be filled with cheer, your bellies filled with delicious food, and your hearts filled with love. 


To your health, 

Dr. Dan


Get healthy. Stay present. Help out.

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