Well-being Canada Staff | 03.01.2024 | 1 minutes

Living in gratitude

In the day to day of our busy lives, especially at the start of another new year, it’s all too easy to let the positives slip through the cracks and be overshadowed by the never-ending demands of the day. We can forget all the little (and big) things that make us happy – the things that make our days brighter – and we can forget to pause to be thankful for all the good things in our lives. 

So, why not introduce a little more gratitude into your life?  

It’s simple. Gratitude doesn’t cost anything, and it doesn’t require elaborate planning or extravagant gestures. Really, it’s just about taking time to reflect on the people and things for which we’re thankful. It’s a practice that transcends the material aspects of life, urging us to acknowledge the blessings that often go unnoticed. 

Whether it’s a major milestone or a minor daily joy, taking a moment to express our gratitude shifts the narrative from what might be lacking to the abundance that exists in many of our lives.  

Maybe it’s something you can do around the dinner table when you gather with friends and family? An act of shared reflection can create a profound connection  – it becomes a communal celebration of the goodness that we often take for granted. 

So, as you gather with your nearest and dearest this new year, consider introducing a new tradition – one of gratitude. It’s a simple yet powerful way to infuse your gatherings with a deeper sense of connection and appreciation for all the abundance that surrounds you. 


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