The world’s best readers.
The way the fog settles into hollows.
The volunteers who sustain dozens of civic organizations.
The readers who send us their photographs.
The red-gold, vanilla-scented bark of ponderosa pines.
A workplace that feels like family.
The trout still hiding in the deep pools of Tonto Creek.
The teachers who coach, direct band, stay late — and convince kids they matter.
The trill of the bird we haven’t yet identified among the piñon pines.
The volunteer firefighters who roll out and show up at 4 a.m.
The children so excited about some simple thing they have to jump up and down.
The volunteer rescue workers who hike to the bottom of the canyon any weekend they’re called.
The children and grandchildren who make life meaningful.
The crisp, golden skin of a just-cooked turkey.
We can’t begin to count our blessings here in Rim Country.
But we did read an interesting piece of research the other day. Psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough had some people make daily journal entries for 10 weeks. One group wrote down things they were grateful for. The other group tallied things that irritated them. At the end of the study, the people who expressed gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Moreover, they exercised more and visited the doctor less.
Another study also documented the benefits of gratitude — this one conducted by psychologist Martin Seligman, with the University of Pennsylvania. He had a group of people undertake various actions intended to make them feel better and then compared the results. The single most successful intervention in terms of making people happy was to personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who they’d never properly thanked for help or kindness.
So we want to take a minute to express how grateful we are for the many blessings of living in such a community — and striving to serve such readers.
You’re the best. And we don’t say that just because your subscriptions keep us in business. We say it because that’s the best part about this job — encountering the people who make this community such a miraculous place. We’re grateful every day for the thoughtful, great-hearted, community-minded observations of our readers.
But pardon us for now. Got to get the bird book and see if we can track down that beautiful warbler out amongst the juniper — and savor another Rim Country sunrise.