It’s difficult to feel thankful as we enter another holiday season in the midst of a pandemic, but it’s important we remember that we still have so much to be thankful for. Did you know expressing gratitude and thankfulness is actually linked to better health and wellness? Even if you’re thankful for the small things, you’re still helping your health. To me, one of the wonderful things about expressing gratitude is the plethora of ways it can be done, from keeping a gratitude journal to thanking your loved ones for their support in your life. Making an effort to retain positivity in our daily lives also helps us become more mentally strong, which leads to us coping more easily with difficult situations. I encourage you to take time this Thanksgiving season to truly express gratitude for the blessings in your life, whether it’s loved ones, hobbies, art, faith, or health. By dedicating effort to be thankful for the important things in our life, we train ourselves to see the light and goodness in our days. This year, I’m thankful for the dedication and commitment of all of you and your continued passion to serve. I wish you all a safe, happy, and thankful holiday season and I am perpetually grateful for all your hard work.
The Silver Linings Journal: Gratitude During a Pandemic (Michael Fishman, MD)