Sitting on the dining table in the ward is an empty glass coffee jar that has been repurposed as a gratitude jar. Essentially, patients write down things or people that they are grateful for and then every few days we go through and read some out. It’s a great way to brighten someone’s day by paying them a compliment as it’s completely anonymous, and it also helps to practice mindfulness.
I love this concept because it is such a simple action to take and after a while it becomes less of a ‘why am I doing this’ activity to something that can be quite enjoyable. Below are 7 of my own;
I am grateful for…
- Being able bodied and physically healthy.
- Authors who write books about feelings and experiences that I can relate to, and just seem to ‘get it’.
- The existence of therapy dogs and their owners. There’s been many a day that I’ve been calmed mid meltdown by a four legged friend. Animal therapy is the best therapy.
- Hot cups of tea and cosy blankets
- Chocolate fortisips (hospital desserts) that taste amazing. (probably the only thing I’ll miss from hospital)
- Lovely, compassionate and understanding patients who are always there for a chat or a hug or even just to pass the tissues. Knowing that I’m not going through this alone is a huge source of my strength right now.
- My gorgeous and strong mother who despite everything, has never given up on me. She’s put up with a lot and has learnt and sacrificed more than I could have ever asked for. She’s my lifeline.
What are you grateful for?