A Year in review: Cultivating wellbeing through gratitude

In our fast-paced world, finding moments of stillness and gratitude can be a powerful antidote to stress and anxiety. Gratitude has the incredible ability to shift your focus from what you lack to what you have, fostering a sense of abundance and contentment. Studies have also shown that it can reduce stress, improve sleep, and boost overall wellbeing.

If you’re new to the practice of gratitude, begin by dedicating a few moments each day to contemplate the things you appreciate. Over time you may progress to maintaining a gratitude journal and delve deeper into the process.

As we end the year, now is an excellent time to get started and reflect on the blessings of past 12 months. Begin by creating a quiet and peaceful environment where you can focus without distractions, and take a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply, and centre yourself.

Start by reviewing each month over the last year – writing down the things, experiences, or people that stand out as sources of gratitude. Be specific and go beyond the obvious – reflecting on personal growth, achievements, challenges overcome, and moments of joy. Consider relationships that have enriched your life and the lessons that you’ve learned along the way.

Allow yourself to feel the emotions associated with each entry in your gratitude journal. Savour the moments of joy and appreciate the lessons from challenges. After you’ve completed your year in review, take a moment to express your gratitude for the overall journey.