• Susan L.

Finding Gratitude

Here we are in November as we kick off the holiday season! Our expectations are high as we look forward to a festive and meaningful Thanksgiving. But for some, it is tinged with worry, sadness, or depression. Many of us are feeling lost and overwhelmed due to unusual circumstances caused by the pandemic. Finding gratitude this year might be a little more challenging.

Giving thanks is a human element and is usually at the core of most religions and traditions. Thanksgiving, as the name implies, is centered on gratitude. The word “gratitude” is a Latin word which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. With gratitude, we recognize the source of that goodness, and as a result, we connect to something bigger than ourselves, whether it’s to people, something in nature, or a higher power.

People can feel and express gratitude in different ways, and many of us associate it with childhood memories and traditions. Research studies show that cultivating gratitude can help us feel more positive emotions and create greater happiness. Maintaining an optimistic attitude can help us build stronger relationships, deal with adversity, and even improve our health.

Let’s face it; this year has been a doozy! We are all looking for ways to refocus, and gratitude is a way of appreciating what we have instead of what we lack. Gratitude is a powerful emotion, and it’s hard to feel sad or depressed with we are feeling grateful. Practicing gratitude regularly can lead to an improved attitude, better health, and a greater feeling of well-being.

Here are some suggestions to practice gratitude regularly:

· Place positive quotes around the house that help you feel inspired and remind you to feel grateful.

· Keep a journal and add something positive every day.

· Pray or meditate and give thanks for all the blessings in your life.

· Say thank you for even the little things that others do that you usually take for granted.

· Share gratitude by posting an inspirational quote on social media.

· Strive for one act of kindness each day.

· Practice self-care and focus on your strengths.

· Embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities for growth.

Be the change you want to see in the world and help make it a better place!

Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving!