There is wonderful research on the benefits of gratitude in our lives. When we take time to name the things, people, and events we are grateful for — it helps us in a number of ways. It helps to strengthen our inner resilience, increases feelings of happiness, fosters hope for the future, reduces stress and burnout, and it improves our sleep quality. With this list of benefits, it is a wonder that we don’t all take time to name and share with others the things we are thankful for on a regular basis.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S., this week’s blog is an invitation to practice gratitude at this time of year. Take time to reflect on what you are grateful for. For example, I am grateful for the wonderful people I get to work with within my consulting practice — they are all working to help make the world a better place. It is their commitment and active hope for the things they are passionate about that strengthens my active hope as well. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to help them achieve their aspirations.
We all have been living in an environment that requires learning and rapid adaptation over the last 20 months. The prolonged pandemic is eating away at our deep inner resilience. Let’s all take a moment to pause and give thanks to those around us and the things that nourish us. For me, the cycle of change in the seasons nourishes me. I enjoy nature in all of its forms and am grateful for the life-giving air, water, food, and spirit that nature provides.