Being Grateful in 2020

Thanksgiving will be different this year, but gratitude is still important.

As the holidays approach, it’s a good idea to take a step back and acknowledge that this season, like most things in 2020, will be different. Not only will our celebrations likely have to change, but what we’re feeling will likely also be new this year. Thanksgiving is a day to embrace gratitude, but for many, that grateful attitude might be a bit harder to find this year. Consider these tips this year as you prepare for the holidays. 


Be intentional. 

While a grateful attitude comes naturally to some people, most people must make a conscious effort to consider the things in their life that they appreciate. This year, in particular, more of us will need to be intentional about gratitude. Many families have experienced hardships and losses this year that make it difficult to be grateful, but it’s important to shift our focus to consider the positive things in our lives, however small. Gratitude improves mental health, strengthens relationships, boosts physical well-being, improves self-esteem, and can even help you sleep better! 


Accept the bad feelings. 

It’s worth the effort to be intentional about being grateful, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to feel other things, too. Many people this year are feeling sad, isolated, angry, and fearful—those emotions are legitimate! Humans are complicated, and you can be grateful while simultaneously having other feelings, too. Also, if you have been lucky this year and haven’t had many misfortunes, try not to feel guilty for being grateful! 


Build connections. 

This has been an isolating year for most, but finding things to be grateful for actually improves relationships—whether in families, with friends, or at the workplace. You may not be able to spend time with the people you love in the same ways you used to, but there are still safe ways to connect. Speaking with other positive people will make it easier to keep a grateful attitude. And, if you’re in a position where you could help your neighbors that need it, do! 


At Penmac, we’re continuously grateful for the relationships we have with our employees and business partners. We get to see firsthand, the hard work that goes on in our communities, and we feel privileged to be a part of it. This year, we’ve seen the outstanding dedication of healthcare workers, teachers, essential workers, and many more who work hard every day. 


Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Penmac! Penmac offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving. 

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