Gratitude is good for you! When you’re grateful, it lowers stress and depression, reduces feelings of envy and resentment, decreases aches and pains, increases resilience, improves your relationships and helps you sleep better.
As we reflect on the last seven months of living through a pandemic, the words of Jesus, spoken over the results of His miraculous intervention for a hungry multitude, suddenly take on new relevance and urgency: “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”
When you volunteer, it helps others—and it helps you too. According to research, volunteering decreases your risk of depression, reduces stress, gives you a sense of purpose, teaches valuable skills and strengthens relationships.
It’s imperative to “talk to children about abuse. Tell them… that if anyone ever says anything to them or touches them in a way that is inappropriate, or they feel uneasy around someone, that they should object… loudly and vocally,” Schwirzer says.