September 21, 2018
Living Well— it guides so many of choices at E&S Ring Management. Living well can mean a lot of different things to people. It can mean shelter. It can mean having your health. It can mean being close to nature. And it can also mean feeling gratitude for the simple things.
World Gratitude Day reminds us of how important it is to show your appreciation for all things, big and small. The celebration of World Gratitude Day got its start in Hawaii all the way back in 1965 — only six years after E&S Ring Management was established — when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. The idea behind World Gratitude Day is to take the time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things in our lives — because gratitude has a positive impact on our well-being and make us happier, more content people. Studies have found that cultivating gratitude can also actually be good for your health. Notes Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, a health psychologist with UW (University of Wisconsin) Health: “Research suggests that individuals who feel grateful experience lower blood pressure, improved immune functions, recover more quickly from illness, and can more effectively cope with stress.” Other studies have also found that gratitude can lead to increased productivity and creativity. According to Pete Sulack, America's leading stress reduction expert and the founder of StressRX, actively feeling grateful acts as “a counterbalance to the stressors in your life. Those times when you work too much, don't get enough sleep, don't eat right, burn the candle at both ends, drink too much coffee--you know those days. Gratitude can be the antidote to depression and stress."
This all sounds like Living Well, to us!
To capture the spirit of the day, we thought we would share three positive things that we are grateful for today.
We are humbled and honored by each and every one of our residents. Sure, the amenities and apartments are nice — but it’s the people who make our communities great. They could have chosen to live anywhere, but they chose to call one of our apartment communities, “home.” Whether it’s neighbors simply saying “hello” to each other or creating local events that bring people together, it always warms our hearts to see our residents interacting with each other in a positive way. Many of our residents play active roles in our communities too, letting us know about issues or concerns that arise from daily living. We are grateful to our residents for choosing us and helping us ensure we’re creating exceptional living experiences and delivering superior service so they feel at home.
Melody Beattie once said: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” We are truly grateful for our heritage, which dates back to 1959. We come from a long line of pioneers. Two brothers decided to create “garden apartment” communities with lush landscaping and open designs — among the first of their kind in Southern California. Fast forward to today, and we are still a family-owned business that has never lost sight of who we are. We have expanded the Ring brothers’ vision to include 17 apartment communities across California and Washington. We are as committed to customer service as we were in 1959. Our main mission has not wavered in 59 years. We want our communities to encourage residents to enjoy life and the beauty of the great outdoors, and we want each resident to feel valued. In other words, if our residents feel gratitude, then we feel gratitude!
We are profoundly grateful to serve our residents every day and make their day-to-day lives better. But we also encourage our employees to participate in good causes throughout the year; a few examples include spreading kindness with National Do Something Nice Day, raising awareness for men’s health during “Movember,” supporting heart health for National Wear Red Day. One of our greatest privileges as a company has been to serve our local communities and make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors. Some of the local organizations we have supported include the GYRD Foundation, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, and the Salesian Family Youth Center of Los Angeles (then known as the Salesian Boys and Girls Club), just to name a few. In moments of service to others, we are taking the focus off of ourselves. Serving one another in an unexpected way, no matter how small the deed, sets into motion a dramatic shift in a positive direction that can profoundly change lives.