November 27, 2020
Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we all know that this year has been challenging in so many ways. Many families have experienced so much pain and loss that it is hard for them to feel grateful. The Covid-19 had us drifting into unprecedented territory and normal traditions such as celebrating holidays (and weddings) had to be rearranged.
Still, experts suggest to not give gratitude up. According to Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D, professor of psychology at the University of California, gratitude helps relieve stress and anxiety. “Make a commitment to write down at least three things you’re grateful for each day for 30 days” he recommends. “Make each one as specific as possible – there’s value in the details”.
A study found that positive emotions like appreciation significantly lowered levels of cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’. In these challenging times, it is so much needed: more stress equals weaker immune system. Maybe this year you couldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving as you were used to, but don’t give up your capacity to give thanks, no matter what. Challenges can be seen as opportunities to grow and to start appreciating what is most important. Smile, celebrate love, and nourish your health by keeping gratitude in your heart.