It’s not easy feeling grateful during a pandemic. The news gets more depressing by the hour, taking our emotions on a roller coaster ride. And now many of us are sheltering in place at our homes with most of the things we love to do cancelled. It’s hard not to feel afraid. It’s natural. We’re all on edge and unsure.
So how can an Attitude of Gratitude help get you through the COVID-19 pandemic?
John Quincy Adams said: Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.
How being grateful can help:
Reminds you – Being grateful for something good in your day can make a difference. Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life, even with all the negative things happen. Simple things like your child’s laughter, FaceTime with a friend or even your dog’s paw. It’s easy to forget but by taking a minute to focus on feeling good can do so much for you.
Focus – Gratitude turns your focus from the negative things and thoughts to the good stuff, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It still helps.
It can make you happier – By focusing on the positive, it changes your thinking and your outlook. Doing something nice for someone is another way to show gratitude.
Keep track – take a minute everyday to note something you’re thankful and grateful for – no matter how small.
“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” —Alice Walker
Gratitude goes a long way and can make a difference during this tumultuous times.