It’s Week 48 and we are grateful.
It can be hard to be thankful in challenging times when stress affects your physical and mental health. So it’s great to know that gratitude strengthens your immune system by creating a dopamine and serotonin response, the neurotransmitters for pleasure and contentment.
Now the only question is what to be thankful for? We used to say thank you for the food we were about to receive. Now, we eat while we watch Netflix or scroll on the phone. We don’t notice what we put into our bodies. We often don’t thank people for favours or for time spent together. We take them for granted. Moreover, the gratification of acquiring new things has replaced the gratitude for what we already have.
For this week, I am inviting you to notice how much good you have in your life, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Like internet access to be able to read this. Or the basics you may take for granted. Such as a comfortable bed; clean, running water; healthy food. And, of course, all the people who support and/or challenge you so you can become the next best version of yourself. As you focus on what works, you may find that gratitude is more than just an emotion: it’s a way of life.
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