To put it mildly, 2020 has been a dumpster fire so far and I’m not holding out a lot of hope for it to get much better anytime soon. This pandemic has upended everyone’s life in some fashion.
But we can’t forget there ARE still good things going on. People are having babies. People are getting married. People are falling in love. People are creating art. People are volunteering and giving to charity in record numbers. People are rediscovering and reconnecting with their families. People are taking up new hobbies.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I have been taking an online class called “The Science of Well-Being”. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. The instructor is very friendly and easy to listen to, The course material is simple enough for just about anyone to follow, even if you’ve never taken a psychology class in your life. And it’s free!
One of the things that I’ve learned from this class is that feelings of gratitude are a real source of genuine happiness and there are actual scientific studies that prove this! So, I have started a gratitude journal as a way to count my blessings and recall how many blessings I really do have.
Of course gratitude journals are nothing new- they’ve been around for ages and promoted by numerous celebrities including Reese Witherspoon. I always thought they were hokey and lame. But, I believe in science, so I decided to give it a go. I’ve been doing it several times a week for a few weeks now and I am finding that, with practice, it’s becoming easier and more enjoyable to do. If you’ve never tried it, I would suggest giving it a go. Will it feel weird at first? Probably. Is it worth it? Absolutely.