PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — It’s an undeniable truth: The world needs more gratitude. That’s why, for the second consecutive year, a group of local seniors from Atria Aquidneck demonstrated acts of gratitude and promoted kindness this past week in honor of World Gratitude Day, which takes place Sept. 21.
This year, the community assembled care packages and dropped them off at Portsmouth’s Fire Department, EMT and police station on Wednesday. On Thursday, a Thank You Luncheon was held for local first responders in the courtyard at Atria Aquidneck Place, located at 125 Quaker Hill Lane.
The local effort was part of the “Go Grateful” campaign, during which residents from Atria communities planned and hosted events.
Last year, a wide range of people found themselves on the receiving end of Atria residents’ acts of appreciation – from friends, neighbors and random strangers to retail clerks, medical professionals and firefighters and other first responders. The seniors handed out candy, flowers, hugs and compliments galore.
The campaign also is designed to encourage public participation. Atria has created a website, GoGratefulNow.com, where shareable images for social media posts can be downloaded and photos of expressions of gratitude can be uploaded. Participants are asked to incorporate “#goGrateful” in social media posts with the goal of reaching 50,000 hashtag shares by the end of September.
“Gratitude is such a simple and universal principle, and yet it’s so powerful,” said Ronda Watson, Senior Vice President of Culinary and Engage Life for Atria. “The ‘Go Grateful’ campaign is a form of creative expression that allows our residents to demonstrate the wisdom and perspective they’ve earned through experience – and that others can learn from. Our residents inspire us, and we know they’ll be an inspiration to others. We can’t wait to see the impact they have!”