Marc-Herstand

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S BLOG

LET US BE A LIGHT TO THE WORLD!

As I write this column, my family, along with Jewish families worldwide, is celebrating Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. This holiday celebrates the victory of a small band of faithful but poorly armed Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, who were able to defeat the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who were trying to prevent the Jews from practicing their religion. After their unexpected victory, the Jews wanted to reclaim the Holy Temple in Jerusalem but only had enough oil to last one day when it would take eight days to get more of this holy oil. Miraculously the oil lasted eight days.

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Dawn Shelton-Williams






FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT

According to Wikipedia, Gratitude comes from the Latin word gratus which means "pleasing, thankful".  It is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, to the giver of said gifts. Gratitude in the simplest form is the “state of thankfulness” or the “state of being grateful”.  Dopamine and Serotonin are two important neurotransmitters in our brain that are responsible for our emotions.  They make us feel good by enhancing our mood immediately, which makes us feel happy from the inside.  Practicing Gratitude daily can help these neural pathways to strengthen and eventually create a permanent grateful and positive nature within us, which builds our inner strength.  This is helpful in fighting stress (Gratitude: A Tool To Reduce Stress, North Dakota Behavioral Health Services).  Gratitude is scientifically proven to have benefits on a person’s physical and mental well-being.  In Psychology Today, the article, 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude: You'll be grateful that you made the change (and you'll sleep better), written by Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and the author of the best- selling book “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do” identifies seven scientifically proven benefits of Gratitude. (Psychology Today, April 3, 2015)

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Tell Your Rep. to Support the Improving Access to Mental Health Act

We are asking you to please contact your representative and tell them to say yes to the Improving Access to Mental Health Act.

The Improving Access to Mental Health Act is critical for Medicare beneficiaries to receive mental health services by supporting an essential provider of those services, Clinical Social Workers (CSWs).

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