The past 18 months have been trying for people across the world, yet in the midst of great loss and confusion, there is still so much to be grateful for. If you have been struggling to step into gratitude lately (especially as we enter into a season of Thanksgiving), here are three tips to help you alter your perspective.
Even when you’re in the midst of hardship, taking the time to identify someone who’s helped you can be a great way to begin stirring feelings of gratitude. It also encourages the recipient of your gesture as he or she leaves feeling recognized and appreciated. Saying thank you can begin to significantly elevate your mood and alter your perspective.
- Zoom out and look at your purpose.
It can be tempting to feel ungrateful when you are focusing on the negative details of a situation that seems hopeless. In those moments, it may help to take an aerial view of what you’re doing and why.
“Social workers, case managers, caregivers, and others who work to help other humans are the best part of [all that is right with] the world right now,” says Shareet Pennino, LSF’s Executive Director of the Southwest Region.
“[These people] are often [expected to use very little resources] to do critically large projects. When you feel broken, look around and re-center the truth around the pure and true compassion of your efforts and intentions. [Your work] is the best thing that is happening in the world right now.”
According to findings in a Journal of Happiness study of more than 70,000 people over the span of 8 years, those who volunteer report greater satisfaction with their lives and their overall health is better compared to those who do not volunteer.
To get started, think about an issue that is personal to you and look for opportunities to get connected with that cause in a tangible way.
Whether your issue is education, mental health, senior care, or adoption, LSF can help you find ways to serve with vulnerable groups that you care about. To learn more about how to volunteer with LSF, visit Lsfnet.org/volunteer/
Gratitude makes for a better life, but we all need a little encouragement in times of hardship. Following these tips can help you toward your journey toward finding more appreciation for your life and your work.