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The Spirit of Thanksgiving Should Last Year Round

November 21, 2018
Posted by: Gerald “Pharmacist Jerry” Finken, RPh, MS; Contributor, Meghan Mosser

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, but it can also be a stressful time for everyone.

As a pharmacist in a community setting I saw this stress boiling over during the customers’ visits to the pharmacy.

Indeed, the Thanksgiving holiday is the start of a month long period of crazy business.

So what should we do? Take cover? Stress out? Snap at customers who snap at us?

Noooooo…..as pharmacists, we should see the holiday season as a big opportunity to change the way people feel for the better.

What if instead of letting the holiday stress get to you, you made someone else’s day better?

As a servant leader, kindness is the best “prescription” we can dispense.

Sooooo, what if instead of returning a scowl with an angry face, you gave a smile?

It’s a radical transformation, but it could be the difference between your patients AND you, having a better Thanksgiving holiday.

The Huffington Post published an article with a couple ways you can show gratitude that are relevant to this discussion.

Number one: say thank you. Never underestimate the power of your words. A simple thank you can turn someone’s day around.

Number two: ask questions. The more you show interest in people’s lives, the more appreciated they will feel.

Think of the possibilities if we did this all year round and not only during the holiday season.

Let’s make the spirit of Thanksgiving last all year and give thanks to and for those around us.

On behalf of the entire Center Point Clinical Services team, I would like to say thank you to YOU and wish you and yours a very healthy, happy and safe holiday season.

 

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