I think we can all agree that in many ways this has been a brutal year. Or three. The war in Ukraine. Continued pandemic impacts. Unprecedented levels of anxiety. Spiking costs.
But . . . there are also many ways in which this has been a time of grace. Marriages have been strengthened. Church attendance among Millennials and Gen-Xers has soared to even higher levels than before the pandemic. And despite those high levels of anxiety, the pandemic-enforced togetherness of many parents and kids actually improved mental and emotional health for many children.
Both big-picture (societal level) and little-picture (individual level), all of us have a lot to be thankful for this year!
So why doesn’t it always feel like there’s a lot to be thankful for?
It turns out, many of us want to have that sense of gratitude but are not taking the two crucial steps needed to actually create it. So this Thanksgiving, let’s take these two steps together – and improve our mental and emotional health at the same time.