By connecting more often with feelings of pleasure, happiness, and contentment, you can make an enormous impact on your health and over-all mood. That’s why I encourage everyone to boost the presence of joy in their lives. Sound frivolous or self-indulgent? In these demanding times, I’d call it enlightened self-defense.
Some people are born optimistic, while others choose it, learn to embrace it, or, resist it altogether. But in the middle of a pandemic, maintaining optimism may require more effort, even for those who don’t usually struggle.
Continually voicing your difficulties can push you – and others – down a rabbit hole of negativity, ironically leading to increased disconnection from others, a poorer outlook on life, and even compromised health. Optimism has the opposite effect, according to numerous studies, positively impacting both mind and body.
You know the drill: ruminating on ’how bad things are,’ competing with others or striving for what you don’t have. It’s all too easy to set yourself on a very dissatisfied course. How to get off the not-so-merry-go-round? Learn the art of gratitude! Think of gratitude as a skill that you can, and should, brush up on.
The Thanksgiving meal may be the one meal that we pay the most attention to. Many of us make the effort to cook the whole meal from scratch, often in the company of family and good friends. We are reminded of what and who is truly important to us.