Gratitude is the Attitude!

“In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” – Harvard Health Review 

Share yours with local frontline service and retail workers in the neighbourhood 

Going to the grocery store can be a bit tricky and even cause some anxiety in these precarious times, and those who work in our grocery storeslocal convenience stores and other frontline service and retail industries are putting themselves at risk to bring us the goods and services that we need each day. There are many of these businesses in our area, so the TGCA would like to give them a bit of focus as we navigate through this crisis.  

In light of this, the TGCA would like to invite residents to thank these incredible folks in a safe but thoughtful way. We have created a space on our site where the frontline service and retail workers in our neighbourhood can see what you, their customers and neighbours, want to express to them about how they serve you and make a difference in your daily comings and goings.  

Here are some ways that you can tell them how much you care: 

Write a nice note. You can write one to the whole staff at Thorncliffe Safeway, for example, or perhaps you’d like to share how much you appreciate that one employee at the Shell or local convenience store. Email it to us, and we’ll post it up for all to see, or you can submit one in the form below. 

Create a video. Make a video of yourself and maybe some family members telling your local front line workers that you care! You can share your video with us via Vimeo, YouTube or Dropbox and we’ll post in on the Gratitude page, or post it on the Facebook post for this initiative. 

Colour our colouring page and send it to us. Kids can colour the colouring page, then you can either take a picture of them showing off their gratitude, scan it and send it to us, or take a picture of the colouring sheet (link below) and send it to us.  If you don’t have a printer, send a picture of a drawing!

Take some pics of you enjoying what you got. Share some pictures of you enjoying what you got from your local store and send them to us. It’s a simple way to show our front line service folks that what they do really matters!

Dedicate a plant or flower. As you go about your gardening this spring, plant a special flower or perennial dedicated to the people who are dedicated to you and yours. Then, take pictures as it grows and send them to us with a message. Everyone loves getting flowers! 

We will be sharing these gestures of gratitude with our local front line service and retail workers, and they can print them for their employees to see and enjoy or share them in their own networks and pages.  We will post any replies we get from them, as well!

Showing you care and looking beyond your own bubble is rewarding to you and those who you choose to share your gratitude with, so let’s share and get into the attitude of gratitude.  

If you have a submission, please send it to Vanessa, If you’re not sure how to submit or share your gesture of gratitude, let me know and we’ll figure something out. 

Vanessa Gillard

Programming and community engagement coordinator at the Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association. Spouse Adam Grayton

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