What I learned last year that will make this year even better

How was your year in 2023?

Knowing what you know now, would you do differently?

I have been reflecting on what I can change ready for this new year and the most important words that came to mind were Gratitude and Privilege.

I am grateful for all of the material things that I have, love, and deserve but more particularly for the people who have been a part of my journey so far.

It’s the people, that I gladly share these things with, who have the most impact on me.

The other aspect I explored was a privilege

Although I have worked for what I have, I have also met many people who have assisted me to get to where I am now.

Many other people have not had the opportunities that I have been exposed to.

I was fortunate to have a great childhood which taught me responsibility, love and instilled in me a strong work ethic.

Then, through my schooling years and while I was gaining my full independence, I was always supported.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have had that support and encouragement in their life.

There are some fantastic articles on the net about this topic which have caught my attention.

The one by Robert Emmons, who is positioning himself as a leading scientific expert on gratitude, was of particular interest.

His study was on the effect of gratitude on both the physical and psychological aspects of well-being and how this impacts our relationships.

Emmons notes that gratitude is a social emotion.

It is a relationship-strengthening emotion because it makes us see how we have been supported and affirmed by others.

We receive a confirmation of goodness because we can see good things in the world.

By acknowledging the gifts and benefits we receive, we are stimulated to notice the amount of goodness in our life.

This is not to say that life is always rosy, as we all know it isn’t

Businessman Climbing The Career Steps Drawn On A Black ChalkboarBut on most occasions, there is something good that can be found in every bad situation even if we don’t see it at the time.

There is a saying that appeals to me; ‘What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger’, so it is onward and upward as the next step – always.

Another part of gratitude is understanding where that goodness comes from.

True gratitude involves a humble dependence on others

It is important to acknowledge that what we have and what we are able to achieve is dependent on our deepest held beliefs and on the other people in our lives.

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