The Power of Gratitude in Social Isolation
In a new blog series, today we discuss the power of gratitude in social isolation. Based on Brooke Anderson’s article, Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine, Thomas addresses each question in detail with tips and suggestions for how you can apply them.
Today we’ll start with question #1: What Am I Grateful for Today?
Gratitude Practice Ideas
1. Gratitude Journal
One of the easiest and most common ways to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. A tthe end of a period of time (e.g. a morning, a day, a week) spend some time reflecting on and writing down 3-5 things that you’re grateful for from that period of time. Read through the journal when you’re feeling down or any time to remind yourself of all of the goodness in your life.
2. Gratitude Throughout the Day
We all have our phones with us all the time. Every time your phone makes any kind of noise, before you pick it up to check it, take a breath and think of one thing that you’re grateful for. Writing it down will strengthen the practice. An alternative could be that you set an alarm for 2 or 3 points in the day and, when it goes off, reflect on gratitude.
3. Express Your Gratitude
Try expressing your gratitude in thank you cards, emails, texts or phone calls. Tell the clerk at the grocery store that you’re thankful they’re at work today. Thank a friend for the inspiring email. Thank yourself for practicing gratitude! You may be surprised at how good it feels to express your gratitude and at the positive reaction that comes back.
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Tomorrow’s post is on Question #2: Who Am I Checking In On or Connecting With Today?
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