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So holidays can be triggering and difficult for people and can make gratitude more tricky, however, there is always something to be grateful for and the practice of gratitude is important for your sense of happiness and fulfillment. So you can have gratitude for things that are not the people or circumstances that are difficult in your life. Like the beauty of what is around you. Or the abundance that we live in when we compare ourselves to many other countries. And you can have gratitude for your own resilience. When the focus is kept on what you have the ability to control then you will always fair better.
This is Maslow's hierarchy of human needs. If you are an adult, you can look at this hierarchy and see that you have control of much of your self-actualization. (***now this assumes that you have control of your brain etc so that you can make choices, get a job etc) You can get a job and place to live and surround yourself with people who are psychologically and physically safe. You can love and affirm yourself, your feelings and your needs. You can learn to regulate your emotions and use your mind to think about things that matter to you and continue to stimulate you. Belonging is the tricky one for people but that just requires creative thinking. You can belong to a book club, a church, a political group, a dance or art group. A gym or a neighbourhood association. A volunteer group. There are countless ways to belong,however, it requires joining and participating......that's your part!
So when you think of gratitude....don't forget to be grateful for yourself. Ultimately, it's not happiness that brings us gratitude; it's gratitude that brings us happiness. And THAT we have control of!