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Thanksgiving in 2020: A Personal Reflection

This year is not about striving to win everything you want, but to be grateful for everything you have. This year has been one of many hardships the world has never experienced before. We have been struck with a pandemic that has infected populations and kept us indoors. Many people have been subjected to losing their jobs, facing hurricanes, lockdowns, and suffering losses of their beloved. Consequently, the idea of Thanksgiving and expressing our gratitude may have been a bit harder this year. The joyous picture of a Thanksgiving dinner with our family sharing words of gratitude that fill our hearts seemed rather dim. 

Notwithstanding, whether we are together at a table or talking through a screen, taking a few moments to express our gratitude is a magical way to share with your family and friends what things you appreciated about them this year and the things you have at the time. The exercise of gratitude in our everyday lives is precious, and this year it has been blurred. Now that Thanksgiving calls upon all of us to unite and embrace the positive strings of 2020, we must revive this virtue and let it fill our hearts. There are so many things to be thankful for. Due to the pandemic, I have spent more time with my family, and I feel a greater appreciation for them. The pandemic has also shown me the importance of being united in the world to fight against the virus. 

It is important to express gratitude so that we can drive a healthier mindset. Like Martin Seligman, a past president of the American Psychological Association and founder of positive psychology, noted, “Gratitude can make your life happier and more satisfying. When we feel gratitude, we benefit from the pleasant memory of a positive event in our life. Also, when we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them.”

We must remember that gratitude is a blessing. No matter what we are going through, it finds a way to shed light. 

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