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It's that time of the year again...

It’s that time of year again — when we all reevaluate our lifestyles to create new goals, habits, or intentions for the new year ahead.

There is something so exciting about the start of the new year.

The possibilities are endless, as we make goals, pick up new hobbies, and look forward to many adventures in the months ahead. During times of adversity, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks and gratitude are critical to sustaining a hopeful outlook.

The age-old ritual of giving thanks, practiced in most cultures, is not just a wonderful bonding experience; but it actually helps us manage our stress too.

At the end of this year, we could certainly all use a little communal therapy!

Some believe that being appreciative of someone or something in your life can actually attract more of the things you appreciate and value in your life…kind of the “what goes around comes around” theory. Because thankfulness often creates positive feelings, and positive feelings contribute to individual well-being, thankfulness is actually good for you!

As we take stock during this uncertain time, it may feel like a lofty goal to celebrate; but history (as evidenced by survivors of past natural disasters, personal losses – and pandemics) tells us that focusing on gratitude at our lowest points can help with recovery from trauma and instill emotional stamina and resilience. Here are some ways to build a habit of gratitude:

  • “Three good things” each day. Write down three good things at the end of each day – they can be big or small things – that made a positive difference in your day.

  • Gratitude Journal. Take a few moments throughout the week to write down experiences or moments of gratitude that happened in your life.

  • Gratitude Letter. Write a letter to someone expressing thanks and share your appreciation to them. Challenge yourself to read your letter to them over Zoom or in person, socially distant, as a deliberate way to share your feelings of gratitude.

  • Gratitude Jar. Find a jar and several slips of paper. At the end of every day, write down one or two blessings/experiences of gratitude to get in the routine of focusing on gratitude.

  • Gratitude Walk. Take a walk and make special intention to appreciate your surroundings.

In the spirit of things we hold dear such as hope, courage, wisdom, openness, kindness, and endless curiosity, I wish you and yours a 2022 filled with love, happiness, and inspiration. Without sounding too sappy - I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Maia board representing such an amazing group of women; and I’m thankful for the role that each of you plays in our Chapter.

As members of the ABWA Maia chapter, always remember where we started and where we are going. Stay strong, focused, and keep moving forward. I look forward to when it finally becomes safe for us to gather in person and until then, I’ll see you on Zoom!


Vicky Vincent

Secretary, Maia Chapter

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