Thanksgiving was undoubtedly different this year. The entire year has been challenging for most of us. Many families are grieving a loved one who lost the battle with COVID-19. The Coronavirus Pandemic, government upheavals, riots, etc., continue worldwide.

In many ways, it is downright hard to be grateful this year. Yet, as hard as it is to believe, the one thing that you cannot easily express at the moment can actually be the one thing that will help get you through the present turmoil and pain – gratefulness. Taking time to be grateful can bring improvement in your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

What is Gratefulness

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

The practice of gratefulness is centuries-old from multiple societies and religions. It’s more than saying, “thank you.” It’s a daily ritual that can change your life, improve your health and mental well-being.

In time, you can learn to navigate negative emotions, keep anger at bay, lower your stress levels, and even manifest your desires. During this tumultuous period, gratitude can serve as a panacea for many ills, including those listed below.

  • Higher than normal stress levels
  • Elevated judgmental attitudes
  • Depression
  • Fearfulness
  • Anger, and more

Physical Benefits

  • Inc. reports a study proving real changes occur in the brain with a regular practice of gratefulness, leading to better health, wellness, and happiness.
  • Better Sleep – Time reports a study proving how gratefulness leads to a good night’s sleep and higher functionality the next day.
  • The American Heart Association says practicing gratefulness will improve your immune system and reduce stress.

Emotional Benefits

  • Lower the risk of mental health problems
  • Heal relationships with family, co-workers, and friends.

There are so many ways to begin practicing gratefulness.  You can write, speak, or think about your statements, but consistency is essential to make a real impact. From being grateful for the sun peeking through the gray clouds, to a baby’s smile, to your best friend’s offer to help with a project, there are multiple things to be grateful for if we take the time to look. What paved roads, PPE on the job, fast-food drive-throughs, music, or a good book?

Keep in mind, you can also be grateful for things you want but don’t yet have – something you can dream about and work toward getting.

The most important thing to do this holiday season is to find ways to keep balance present in your life, feel good by offering help to the less fortunate, work on gratefulness, stay in love and stay safe.

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