Lockdowns, restrictions on movement and being forced to stay at home to stop the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus. This virus has forced us all to rethink how we live our lives and how we will live our lives in the future. But in the midst of the difficulties caused by the restrictions, reported cases and deaths we have forgotten the virtue of gratitude.
An important thing to realise is that we all experience a range of emotions during this time. Robert Emmons, a well-known mental health specialist, conducted several studies on stress and mental health which indicated that gratitude effectively releases stress hormones and increase positive emotions like happiness. Gratitude enhances self-love and empathy and impacts the body functions and psychological conditions like stress, depression and anxiety.
Millions of people across the globe are realising just how much we have taken for granted. Ironically, it is only once we are not allowed to do the things we thought were “insignificant” that we start to miss and appreciate them. Simple things like receiving a hug or shaking a hand were “insignificant” but signifies how life has changed and will change forever. Covid-19 is a human catastrophe that is making millions of people assess what is important and to count their blessings.
During stressful times, it is easy to only focus on the stressful. But there are so many things to be thankful for. Gratitude is a powerful human emotion. Becoming grateful and slowing down can be a powerful tool to navigate the current crisis.
Considering all the negativity, we would like to challenge everyone to share the challenge and to comment on the post with something that they are grateful for. Let’s share some positivity!
We at BSTS are Grateful for:
- Our health
- Being able to spend more time with our families
- We have time to reflect personally
- To be able to make a difference with what we have learn from this experience
- The ability to reach out to the world and remind them that there are still things to be grateful for
Life, business and people will never be the same, but we have to find the good and put that into practice.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – Proverb