Through the hustle and bustle of our daily lives we often forget to take time to reflect on the people and moments that we are grateful for. Practicing gratitude regularly can help us be more aware of the good that is in our lives and can help foster positive emotions. This doesn’t only include the act of thanking people who have helped you in your life, but can be something as simple as being thankful for passing a test or being able to sleep in on the weekends.
There are simple ways we can all practice gratitude such as keeping a gratitude journal, calling loved ones to thank them for their support, or by giving back to the community through volunteering. Not only does practicing gratitude improve our emotional wellness but also boosts our immune system, and improves our relationships and connections with others.
Practicing gratitude involves more than just being thankful, but encompasses the idea of mindfulness and self-compassion. During these hard times we may find ourselves thinking negative thoughts more frequently, but practicing gratitude can help us be more self-compassionate by reciprocating the same kindness we show to others. Being grateful does not mean we disregard the challenges and the hardships that we may face, but rather allows us to slow down and to acknowledge these experiences.
We reached out to some community members who wanted to share what they are grateful for with joy.
“First of all, I am thankful to god because without him I will not be in Canada to support my family and to sponsor them here including my mom. I am one of the lucky persons who came to Canada and brought my family. I have a chance to help my family back home as well.” – Femmie
“Thankful to be alive every day. Thankful for the meals provided by The Corner” – Teresa
“I am grateful for the opportunity to work from home because I know job stability has been an ongoing issue for our community members.” – Anonymous
“I am grateful for my education. I am from a small country and my education has helped me settle into Canada and connect with others. With my education I was able to integrate into this big country which has helped me adjust to living here.” – Thida
“I am thankful for the supportive workers at The Corner and for providing services to the clients.” – Raj