• Steve Boatwright

Thankful when times are...

Uncertain and challenging circumstances surround us all the time. We go through these situations on our own, with family and friends, as a nation, and sometimes as a world. But no matter the cause of your fear, anxiety, or stress, being Thankful is the perfect prescription for better health and improved well-being during difficult times.

It’s easy to count your blessings when you’re full of joy and happiness with where you are in life and what’s happening around you. Being thankful when times are tough is not always simple. However, you still have things to be thankful for, and finding those things can transform your thinking and mental mindset.

Suppose you’re dealing with the loss of a family member, a chronic or life-threatening disease, divorce, unemployment, or depression. In that case, it’s likely difficult to find something positive in your life. However, if you dig deep and search for it, you will find at least one blessing or kindness on which you can focus. By allowing yourself to be thankful, you can find hope amidst despair.

Think of how negative emotions like anger make you feel. You may notice your face gets flushed or your heart races. The opposite happens when you’re feeling thankful. Your body is at ease. You’re living in the present moment and more likely to celebrate your special gifts.

Benefits of Being Thankful

Thankfulness offers these powerful benefits:

  1. It makes you happier.

  2. Improves your health and well-being.

  3. Lowers stress.

  4. Improves sleep.

  5. Strengthens relationships.

Being thankful is not just for the difficult moments in life. It should be part of your everyday life. If a difficult time brought you to think about thankfulness, continue it even when you’re dealing with uncertainty or despair. It will help you maintain your happiness and all the benefits of being thankful.

Plus, you’ll be stronger the next time you’re faced with a storm and struggling to find light during a dark time. Just Say "YES" to Life and accept it for what it is not what you want it to be. You can thrive in any crisis, whether it’s one you’re facing alone or with the entire world. Being thankful is uplifting, no matter the challenges you face.

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses". Alphonse Karr

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