My Massachusetts colleague, Ingrid Peschke, examines current gratitude fads. She drills down to the profound, healing impact that true thanksgiving can have on our health and happiness.
She observes, “I’ve found that gratitude can be most beneficial when it feels as though there’s nothing to be grateful for. In those dark moments, I’ve gotten better at detecting a deceptive view of my circumstances and focusing on the good instead.” Here’s Ingrid…
My Facebook feed this summer included a steady stream of lists from friends who accepted one of the numerous gratitude challenges circulating social media spheres. I read their posts with curious interest, but I secretly hoped I wouldn’t be asked to take on the challenge, too!
Sharing gratitude in an open forum can sometimes come off as trite. Besides, people seem to be popping gratitude like it’s the latest wonder drug. A recent Salon.com article addresses the current Western trend toward gratitude and mindfulness as a kind of “spiritual meritocracy,” or spirituality lite. The author writes: