A Moment of Thanks
Next week in the United States, we’ll celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to pause and reflect on what we’re most thankful for. In this newsletter, I want to take a moment to reflect on the power of gratitude.
As we emerge from a global pandemic that has forever changed the world, gratitude is more important than ever. It allows us to focus on the positive aspects of our lives, even when things may feel uncertain.
Research shows that gratitude has numerous benefits for both physical and mental health. According to a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, people who practiced gratitude had better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction. Another study from the University of California found that grateful people had healthier hearts and lower levels of inflammation.
Gratitude also has a profound impact on our relationships with others. When we express gratitude to those around us, we strengthen our connections with them and build deeper bonds of trust. A study from the University of Nottingham found that expressing gratitude can even help repair damaged relationships, by allowing both parties to focus on what they appreciate about each other.
So how can we cultivate gratitude in our daily lives, especially when we’re so busy with the day-to-day? One simple practice is to keep a gratitude journal. Each day, write down three things you are grateful for. They can be small things, like a warm cup of tea or a phone call with a friend, or larger things, like a job you love or a supportive partner. Over time, this practice can help shift your mindset towards gratitude and positivity.
Another way to cultivate gratitude is to express it to others. Take a moment to thank a co-worker for their hard work, send a note of appreciation to a friend, or tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them. These small gestures can have a big impact on our relationships and help us feel more connected to those around us.
Finally, it’s important to remember that gratitude is a choice. It’s easy to lose track of time doom scrolling and comparing our lives to others on social media. But by choosing to focus on the positive aspects of our lives, we can find strength and resilience in even the most difficult circumstances.
If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this year (and even if you’re not), make gratitude a new habit in your life. Take a moment to reflect on your blessings, and express appreciation to those around you. Commit to practicing gratitude daily, and you might just be surprised how your perspective and possibilities change.
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