We can keep complaining and talking about how bad of a year it’s been, we can go on and on about how covid has ruined our plans, taken our freedom and kept us from dancing. But I’m done with that. This year, after everything that has been thrown at us, the good, the bad, but mostly the ugly, I understand it’s hard to be thankful for anything at this point. But, no matter who we are or what has happened to us, if we can reflect on things we’re grateful for, we’ll benefit from it.
According to Forbes, gratitude improves physical and mental health, improves sleep and increases mental resilience. “Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools for increasing happiness. Research shows it is the single most powerful method of increasing happiness.”
Whilst saying this, I completely understand how serious this year has been and the sadness and grief it has caused. My heart goes out to all the people who have been severely affected by the pandemic physically, mentally and financially. This year has been nothing less than tragic for many.
But when I was thinking about how I was going to wrap up this year, I wanted to change the tone. I wanted to bring light to what has been a dark time. I want to express my gratitude for how lucky we have been here in Australia and especially on the Gold Coast. Luckily for us Gold Coasters, we didn’t get hit as hard as many other states and countries but for those few months where restrictions were enforced,
1.I’m grateful for those slower times instead of the go-go-go of our regular lifestyle.
2. I am grateful to have a roof over my head after a stressful few weeks of potentially having to live in our shed, due to our building up for sale and the rental market being the most competitive in a long time.
3. I am also grateful for my job and all my clients! I am very thankful to have been working throughout the whole year. I have money coming in to support myself and my family!
What are you grateful for this year? Big or small, if you can find just 3 things you’re grateful for this year. Start a conversation about it. Ask your friends and family. Let’s start a chain reaction of light and gratitude to finish the year.