From the Fox Chapel Area High School Counseling Department:
This week is about learning to change our perspectives. Think of something for which you’re ungrateful – maybe a job, relationship, or financial situation, which would normally cause you to feel anger, resentment, or frustration.
Now think of as many things as possible that are good about it – things that are hidden lessons or silver linings. For example, the job we dislike gives us the money to support our family. The trick is to develop increased awareness of the lessons to be learned and to find our personal strengths hidden within life’s challenges. This will help us to develop gratitude even within our difficulties.
We all experience challenges during our life and if we can recognize these as opportunities to learn valuable lessons, it will make us stronger. It can be difficult at times to find something in our challenges to be grateful for, but the reward when we do is invaluable, since the expression of gratitude builds exponentially. Actively and mindfully strengthening our gratitude ‘muscle’ means it will become increasingly easier over time, until we will begin to naturally look at challenges with a fresh perspective.
“Gratitude is the best attitude.” – Unknown
As we begin 2021, we’re thankful to be able to welcome everyone back to the Community Center. Our priorities remain the same – to provide top notch experiences while also keeping everyone safe and informed. Whether you’re coming in regularly or joining us for virtual options, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or ideas. We want to make sure that you’re always getting the best out of our membership.