As we approach Thanksgiving week, it may look different for some of us this year. Keep in mind that this, like all things in life, is temporary. We know that the world has changed due to covid19 and we are approaching a potentially difficult winter. Gratitude is a way of focusing on what we have and allows us to brighten and broaden our perspective. It is not about "toxic positivity" (which means feeling or acting cheerful or happy when you are not), it is about realistic gratitude. That means recognizing imperfections in life, validating feelings, and looking for the good. Humans have an evolutionary negative bias that can hold us back from seeing and recognizing the good that exists in our lives. Gratitude is about noticing, cherishing and savoring the good.
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