Stand Here and Think About Something You are Grateful For!

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Dr. de Freitas | GratitudeRecently, I updated the bulletin board at my office with the message: “Stand here and think of something you are grateful for!”  I casually left a pen hanging from a string and went on with life. After a couple of days, much to my delight, there were several messages left behind!  A couple messages were from the staff, but most of them were from kids and their moms.

Here are some of my favorite ones:

  • I am thank for my family and food.
  • The people in my life.
  • For daddy coming home from Afghanistan next week.  (She actually spelled the country correctly!)
  • I am grateful for my heart beat, mom, dad and Disney.
  • I am grateful to be alive. 

Over the past several weeks I’ve caught my staff staring with a smile at the bulletin board at the end of the day as they viewed new entries.  We have all enjoyed reading them immensely.  I couldn’t help but to include my own:

  • I am grateful for the four month old who rolled over for the first time during the well child visit, to the laughter and squeals of delight of his parents.
  • If you are reading this blog, I am grateful for YOU.

May we all find gratitude in everyday life.


Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Dr. Chrystal de Freitas

Founder of Healthy Chats, Dr. Chrystal de Freitas is a pediatrician, author and mother of three children who has a special interest in health education. She completed her pediatric training at the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA, and has been in private practice for 22 years. She practiced with North County Health Services in Encinitas, for 6 years. In 2004, Dr. de Freitas opened her solo private practice of pediatrics, Carmel Valley Pediatrics in San Diego, CA.


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