After a year of pandemic and disasters, the New Year brings a chance for a fresh start. But no matter what 2021 holds, we can lead happier lives if we cultivate an attitude of gratitude. The holidays are a good time to feel grateful for all that is beautiful and good. We have all faced stress from the pandemic and from the election, yet to remain happy and positive, it’s important to focus on things that make us happy.
Studies consistently show that thankfulness and the expression of gratitude can have profound effects on health, moods, and interpersonal relationships. By shifting your focus to what you’re grateful for, you’ll start to see all the blessings in your life more clearly. Start by writing down what you are grateful for each day in a gratitude journal. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen. Or you might choose some of the nice journals that come with gratitude prompts already included.
Ideas to get started :
- What skills or abilities do you have that you’re grateful for?
- What positive changes in your life have happened in the last year?
- What is something you’re grateful to have learned this week or this year?
- What about the place you call home makes you feel thankful?
- What does your body allow you to do that fills you with gratitude?
- Write about something you’ve been taking for granted that you’re glad is part of your life.