Words by Charla Grant
The festive period and the arrival of a New Year can be a tricky time. As we revel in the act of giving and receiving, some may experience feelings of inadequacy and the thief of joy: comparison. A tonic to these challenges is found within the simple notion of gratitude:
‘The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness’
Keeping a daily log of gratitude creates optimism, and the deeper appreciation you feel results in more longer-lasting positivity. Cue a warm fuzzy feeling of thankfulness every time gratitude is shared, or a moment is taken to reflect on what is present, rather than what is missing.
After experiencing tragic loss and the grief that came with it, I was able to use gratitude as a way of getting back to the positive person I once was. I wanted to share what I had learnt about gratitude and so The Grateful Hearts Club was born.
The Grateful Hearts Club uses gratitude as a self-care tool, and a way of spreading positivity to those who need it. A set of cards has been designed to capture reflections of gratitude, each with its own envelope so they can be shared with friends, family, or maybe even in a random act of kindness.
However you decide to mark this special time of year, I hope you’re able to give thanks for what you do have and join me in giving more thought and kindness to those who don’t have as much.