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Being Grateful in the Middle of a Pandemic




It is hard to feel grateful in the middle of a world wide pandemic. But if you just sit back for one minute and think of one thing you are grateful for today you may find yourself thinking of another and another. Feeling grateful can improve your mental, emotional and even your physical health! You don't have to believe me, but science shows that there are actually seven ways gratitude is good for you.


About a year ago a friend of mine told me about the "G.L.A.D." daily chart. This chart was adapted from The Mindfulness Toolbox by Donald Altman, Each day you write down something you are "Grateful" for, something that you are "Learning", an "Accomplishment", and something that has "Delighted" you during the day. Now, this does not have to be a major thing like publishing a best seller, something small - like writing one page in that book.... hearing that bird outside your window this morning....


I've been doing this pretty consistently now and have observed a definite positive change in my overall mood and attitude. I made a simple Excel table with four columns and printed up a bunch of them, I recently had to print up more since I had ran out of space. Every evening I settle into my comfy couch and write down what I am thankful for from that day.... try it- it can't hurt, you might be amazed that you still have so much to be grateful for, even in the middle of a pandemic! #grateful, #gratefuleveryday, #blessed


If you'd like a copy of my chart send me a email from my contact page and I'll be happy to send it to you.


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