We have the impression nowadays that more and more people don't care about other people’s feelings, they want to satisfy their own needs no matter how. We call these people self-centered, egoistic, selfish or narcissist. Hard statistics and science are pointing out that we live in an increasingly narcissistic world that is the by-product of the consumer society. We just have to have a look at social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram etc. where everybody presents images of him-/herself and people get satisfied by posting their photos and getting likes for them. The term “narcissism” got pretty popular the last years and we tend to label people easily with this diagnosis.
Reflecting and writing down the things that you are grateful for is one of the easiest and most popular gratitude exercises available. It is a tool to keep track of the good things in life.
As I mentioned in my last blogpost Gratitude has a positive effect on our mental health. When I was in Australia I went to a cute little shop where you can buy different mindfulness-based planners, diaries, journals and notebooks and I found a pack of cards with the title “Gratitude Conversation Starters” by kikki.K. I loved the idea of playing a card game with these questions regarding gratitude and I thought that I can use them also with my clients at work.
In the current situation, when curfews are imposed, when many of us have to go to quarantine, what can we do to maintain our mental health and make the best out of the opportunities that a crisis can offer to us? Here is a list that can influence our mood positively and give us the sense of control in a situation where we tend to feel as if we didn't have control over the events. After all in an unchangable situation the only thing that we can change is our attitude.