It’s hard to believe we are already into the month of November! This year, right now, more than ever, I believe it is important to focus on gratitude- the practice of being thankful and noticing what is valuable and meaningful to you and your family. The past eight months have been very difficult and challenging for everyone and it is easy to lose sight of the things that are most important to us.
I have created a routine in my life these past few months to take time to write down the things I am grateful for. It doesn’t have to be a long list, but if you challenge yourself to identify and name your gratitude, you may begin to notice improvement in your physical and emotional well-being.
Try sitting down and listing out:
One place that feels safe and relaxes you
One thing that’s going well in your life
One thing you enjoy
One thing you’re looking forward to
One person that you love and that loves you
Although this Thanksgiving might not look or feel like it normally does you should take time to appreciate the bounty on your table. When eating, slow down and savor every bite. Not only will you feel more thankful, but you’ll also be less likely to overeat.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~ Melody Beattie
On behalf of all the staff at PS 124 we want to wish you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!