t may seem strange to consider gratitude at this time because of the serious problems swirling around us: the Covid-19 virus pandemic and its protocols of social distancing, wearing of masks, and frequent hand washing; demonstrations against the racist practices of some in law enforcement; and the high unemployment rate that has ravaged the economy, to name a few.

Trying to decide what you are thankful for can be a challenge but it can also help you come out of whatever emotional or spiritual darkness you have been in, into a place of hope.

Professor of Psychology and author, Sonja Lyubomirsky, elaborates: “Expressing gratitude for the people or things in our lives can help us feel more connected and inspired to help others. It can also lift you out of whatever sent you into a spiral. It takes attention off you and directs it onto someone or something else.”

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