Over the past year and a half COVID has brought isolation, anxiety, fear, and division. It’s no wonder that a 2020 poll showed that Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years. It’s so easy to let our anxiety get the best of us and forget the blessings we have in our life. Although we may have our health, a roof over our head, food to fill our bellies, and loved ones around us, you would think that gratitude would come naturally.
However, “we often find ourselves wanting more rather than being thankful for what we have already.”
-Susan Kaiser Greenland (mindful.com)
I invite you to take a moment to be intentional in moving your attention towards something you are thankful for: your children, your health, the yummy dessert you had after dinner, the sunshine, etc.
If you have the time, consider getting outside and taking a gratitude walk. You can ground yourself by walking slowly and deliberately (1).
- Walk slowly and purposefully with your gaze looking downward.
- Silently say something you’re thankful for every time you take a step.