Research (Greater Good from UC Berkley and Dartmouth) tells us that reflecting on our gratitude has physical and mental benefits. After spending the last two weeks sad and angry, surrounded by negative messages in the news and social media feeds, I am taking a moment today, on Thanksgiving, to be grateful.
I am grateful for:
- a job I love in a field I have been passionate about for over 30 years.
- the freedom to express how I feel, to agree or disagree with others, and not fear for my own safety.
- my friends, who make me laugh, keep me grounded, lift me up, and support me.
- my family, whether near or far, and the time we are able to spend together.
- technology and the ability to turn it on and off whenever I want to.
- the ability to write. Writing is a reflective tool, a catharsis, and a passion that fuels me.
- the means to travel whenever and wherever I want to.
- a roof over my head, more than enough food on my plate, my basic health, and safety and security on a daily basis.
What are you grateful for today and always?