When gratitude is a challenge

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie 1948 – This week, the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving. But it’s unlikely to be the holiday so many of us have grown accustomed to having. With a global pandemic still raging, many people consider it unsafe to travel or meet in large groups. Many others have suffered job losses or other financial setbacks and don’t have the money for a traditional celebration. Still others have lost loved ones to Covid-19 and are too grief-stricken to celebrate this year. I think most of us …
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The gratitude letter

The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains. Proverb At this time of global uncertainty, many people are feeling weighted down by negative emotions: fear, sadness, worry, regret. Here’s a simple activity you can do which will not only brighten your day but improve another person’s as well. Professor Christopher Peterson taught positive psychology at the University of Michigan. One of the assignments he gave his students was to write a gratitude letter. The instructions were fairly simple: think about someone who has made a real difference in your life and write that person a …
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On being thankful

Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It’s a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don’t have. It’s so simple — yet so difficult for the human mind to comprehend. Bill P. and Lisa D. Hazelden Publishing With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it seems only appropriate to discuss the importance of reflecting on all the good things we have in life. The Pilgrim Fathers recognized the value of expressing gratitude for life’s gifts and started the tradition of setting aside a special day to give thanks for our …
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