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Finding gratitude in tough times

Gratitude. It’s a simple, yet complex word.

by JoAnne Saunders, Registered Massage Therapist, Slow Medicine Company

The definition I found which resonates most with me is something along the lines of: the quality of being thankful; a readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. What a beautiful description.

A silver lining of this past year has been an increased sense of gratitude for the simple things in life. Things that were at one time easy, and activities that we thought nothing of leaving the house to do, like having a quick visit with our loved ones, popping out to the grocery store for a few items, planning a weekend getaway or vacation, or going out to dinner and a movie.

Small tokens of kindness have also increased our feelings of gratitude. A smile with warm eyes over top of a masked face, a generous tip for delivery service orders, a donation to someone in need, or an extra thank you to our frontline workers. Gratitude isn’t just a beautiful word, it can also be the most beautiful of gestures.

Our relationships with others are often the greatest determinant of our happiness. So it makes sense to think of other people as we work on building our own sense of gratitude. If we focus our gratitude on people for whom we are thankful, rather than circumstances or material items, this will enhance the benefits we experience.

Some people find daily journaling helpful as a gratitude practice, but sometimes you may not have that time, energy or commitment. Another nice idea is to write a thank you letter to someone who had an impact on you whom you’ve never properly acknowledged. You could also share the day’s grateful moments around the dinner table if you live with others (zoom call if you don't). The conversations that follow may give you even more reasons to give thanks.

What are some of the ways you can show (and grow) gratitude in your everyday life?


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