I guess if there is one thing we can all agree on then it’s this: 2020 was a shit show of a year. People died, jobs got lost, families got separated, relationships went down the drain. It was one giant disruption of everyone's hopes, plans and expectations.
We all know that. We all heard, read and experienced more than enough of this ruthless pandemic. In times like this, it’s too easy to wallow in self-pity. Yes, of course, being depressed or furious or devastated about our losses this year are all absolutely appropriate reactions. They are all valid feelings. We should hold the space to feel them in their entirety to process them.
But eventually, we need to see a ray of hope. We need this hope to move forwards with our life.
Whenever I feel mentally and physically drained I force myself to play a game. It’s called: Count Your Blessings. As the name suggests, the point of this game is to feel gratitude for what you got.
Did you know gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions to make you happy? There are so many reasons to feel and express thankfulness in our daily lives but the most important one is true gratitude creates a strong and sudden mental shift that’s sure to drag you out of your misery. Maybe not straight away. Probably it will seem ridiculous to you at first.
But I can basically promise it to you: If you count your blessings every day by writing them down, eventually you are bound to become a happier, positive and hopeful person. It’s backed up by science too. As Harvard Medical School puts it:
In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Here are my 7 things that I am grateful for this year.
- I am truly grateful to have found the love of my life. I am grateful for being in a loving, wonderful, committed relationship with a person who truly loves me and shares all my…