Today is World Gratitude Day, a tradition started in 1977 by the United Nations Meditation Group. Virtually all faith traditions and many philosophers have long recognized and encouraged thanksgiving. Now, modern science has joined the conversation with insights of its own.
In one of the first gratitude studies, researchers found that those who kept a gratitude journal enjoyed better health and greater happiness than those who compiled a list of complaints or who recorded neutral life events.
Maybe it will come as no surprise to some of you that I would write in support of the California Highway Patrol. I am not ignorant of “bad cops,” as I have worked with more than one. I do not believe that we have any “bad cops” working for the CHP in Plumas County.
There are officers who were sent here, through little choice of their own, who may not have the finesse in talking to people that they will one day develop. Some officers may be over-zealous or see the law as more black and white than others.