Harrison Hurwitz Photography
This sign hangs in my kitchen to remind me daily that I am grateful. I feel like I’ve always been able to innately find the silver lining in most situations—maybe it’s my immeasurable positivity or maybe it’s just another gift to be thankful for. That said, I’ve always been drawn to Thanksgiving and the opportunity to give thanks.
It’s said you can’t be angry when you are feeling gratitude, and evidence even suggests that gratitude can reduce our stress and bring down our blood pressure. There is even research going on suggesting that gratitude helps us to live longer, and for sure, sleep better.
I can create list of what I did love and who I did love in 2020…and for THAT I am grateful.
We know when you are grateful, you are more likely to let conflict go and to step up just a little bit faster to help someone in need. There is even evidence derived from MRIs that shows that people struggling with mental health issues show increased progress if they followed up therapy with a gratitude practice. Gratitude has been proven to improve optimism, increase confidence and reduce aggression.
This year of 2020 has presented its own unique situation and ample reason to feel robbed, cheated and just plain disappointed. However, if you really dig deep and think beyond the obvious discourse of the day, there is so much to be grateful for.
I guess I’m a glass half full rather than a glass half empty gal, who is always grateful when things aren’t worse. Trust me, I can create a “why I didn’t love 2020” list, but I can also create list of what I did love and who I did love in 2020…and for THAT I am grateful.
From my team and myself, we wish you a lovely holiday, even as his year’s celebrations may be different from the past. My encouragement is to Live Beautifully, and as the turkey coma wears off on Thanksgiving, give a gratitude list a try.
Renee M. Dee