18 Nov New Hope’s Halls of Gratitude
“An attitude of gratitude goes a long way when it comes to physical and emotional healing.” -Jill Bolte Taylor
Having gratitude is something simple you can do every day that can improve your well-being. It is easy to get bogged down with what’s going wrong in our lives, so remembering what we are grateful for can help improve our outlooks.
New Hope of Indiana’s Achieving Inclusion & Meaning (AIM) program is focusing on adding the practice of gratitude into their everyday lives. When they were brainstorming a project for Thanksgiving this year, they decided that one centered around gratitude would be the perfect choice. AIM loves to involve the whole New Hope family in their initiatives, so they wanted a project in which everyone could participate.
The group decided to create the New Hope ‘Halls of Gratitude’. The idea behind this was to line the entire interior wall of our Payne Road location with paper pumpkins with words of gratitude written on them. AIM asked New Hope associates and individuals served to write what they were thankful for on the pumpkins and to attach them on the wall in a line. To ensure everyone could participate, they asked those who don’t visit our Payne Road location often to add a wall of gratitude to their residential homes.
The project continued to grow until finally, the line of pumpkins made it all the way around the building! We are grateful to AIM for including all of New Hope in their wonderful idea and appreciate their reminder of the importance of having gratitude in our lives. You can see the completed ‘Halls of Gratitude’ project in the video below.