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Editorial Encore: Gratitude shouldn’t be reserved for Thanksgiving

Apply being grateful for the great issues — massive and small — year-round

It’s as a lot a Thanksgiving custom as turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce: Naming the factor — or issues — you’re grateful for. (In any case, it’s Thanksgiving.)

It may be laborious to pin down what we’re grateful for in a standard yr, however after almost two years of upheaval and sickness, chaos and loss, it may be even more durable to search out one thing to be grateful for.

There are the massive issues, after all, for these fortunate sufficient to expertise them: Including a brand new member of the family — two-legged or 4 — by adoption, delivery, marriage, and so on.; a brand new job or a job change; a monetary windfall; a milestone occasion, like commencement or a particular birthday or anniversary; and extra.

It’s a lot more durable to have gratitude when all of the “massive” issues that occurred this yr aren’t issues for which you’re grateful: A demise within the household; poor well being; dropping a job or a possibility; a relationship ending; lacking out on an vital occasion. The listing might proceed, however we’d quite not dwell on the unhappy on a day meant for seeing the great.

Gratitude is as a lot a follow as it’s an emotion, and practising gratitude takes effort. When there isn’t a “massive” factor to be grateful for, discover one thing small: An ideal cup of espresso; a humorous meme; sunshine on an in any other case depressing day; a smile from a stranger; a discovered penny; a process achieved; a phenomenal view; a favourite tune on the radio; a nice dialog; a shorter than regular commute. There are tens of millions of tiny blessings in our days that we frequently don’t even discover. Or, we enable one medium-sized “dangerous” factor to wipe away all the great.

For these with the self-discipline to make use of one, there are gratitude journals that encourage customers to jot down down one thing they’re grateful for day by day. It’s a very good sentiment — a reminder that, even on the worst days, one thing good occurs.

On this Thanksgiving — regardless of in case you are spending it with household or mates or alone or at work — take a second to shut your eyes and take into consideration a minimum of one factor that has made you content just lately or introduced a blessing into your life, let gratitude fill you and say a silent thanks.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This editorial initially printed Nov. 25, 2021.