Pandemic Rx: Gratitude
Updated: Apr 23
"As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you, no matter what is wrong.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
These days we’re reminded of how fortunate we are for many basic things we take for granted. Gratitude can help us appreciate all we have.
In uncertain times like these, gratitude helps us focus and delineate our true needs from our wants. Like with workers and businesses, life right now is being separated distinctly: necessary from unnecessary; critical vs. not.
A time such as this demands we be grateful for the problems we don’t have. OK, yeah, it’s bad. But it very likely could be worse.
Cultivating daily gratitude is strongly correlated with greater levels of happiness and better physical, psychological and mental health. Gratitude helps to reduce stress and improves self-esteem.
Gratitude improves our relationships and reduces depression. It has proven therapeutic with mental health issues and has helped in overcoming trauma.
It’s all-season, all-reason effective. It works in traffic. It works in the hospital. It works in divorce court. It works in a hurricane. It works in a pandemic. Research has shown we can get better at this skill and make our life better in the process.
In the midst of this storm like we’ve never seen before, gratitude can only help things.
“I wept because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet.” – ancient Persian saying
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