Practicing Gratitude During COVID-19 Pandemic

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • To say 2020 has been a challenging year for most of us is a profoundly serious understatement. While it’s easy to fall into quiet despair, now might actually be the best time to cultivate positive mental health habits such as gratitude
  • Paradoxically, suffering can yield a grateful heart, if approached with care and mindfulness
  • Enhancing your well-being can be as simple as taking some time each day to reflect on what you’re thankful for. A simple and proven way of doing this is to keep a gratitude journal
  • If for whatever reason you cannot join your near and dear ones this Thanksgiving, consider making good use of technology. Instead of a text or a phone call, you could use Facetime or Zoom for a virtual face-to-face
  • You could even set up a monitor at the end of the table and patch in family members virtually so you can talk while sharing your Thanksgiving meal in separate quarters

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