It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Fall and winter are busy times of year and before we know it, the holidays will have flown by. All of us at UpState Hearing want to encourage our readers to take a moment to reflect on gratitude—the very theme of Thanksgiving. What fills you with gratitude this season? Is it hearing rain fall on the ground? Or seeing the vibrant, bright colors of the trees? Redding is beautiful this time of year, especially when Mt. Shasta is covered in white snow in the distance.
Of course, life is full of difficult situations and it’s all too easy to focus on them. “My hearing isn’t what it used to be. I struggle to communicate with those closest to me.” Choosing to focus instead on the positive can result in a dramatic attitude shift. “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by those who have adopted new communication habits. My spouse faces me when we speak and my good friends choose quiet venues over noisy environments.” And we are all lucky to be alive in a time when hearing instruments are sophisticated and customizable. Even if our hearing will never be perfect, it can almost always be improved. That is definitely something for which to be thankful.
If you’re struggling to shake off a bad day or shift your focus away from a difficult situation, here’s a tip: ask someone you care about what makes them thankful. People love sharing good stories and bonding with a friend increases oxytocin levels.
The best part is that gratitude is contagious! When we receive thank-you notes and holiday cards from colleagues and customers, we are overcome with joy. It reminds us why we love what we do and encourages us on those harder days. What better time to spread gratitude than the holidays, when you’re surrounded by those you care most about? Almost everyone can think of a person in their life worth recognizing—we promise, doing so will put a smile on their face!