As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it is time to consider our lives and ask ourselves: “what am I grateful for?”
It has been a very difficult year for everyone, but artists have been challenged in unique ways. The art world has gone virtual, many opportunities have been put on hold, and the uncertain economy has put creative organizations at risk.
It may be hard to feel grateful right now. You have to find a way to let go of frustrations and acknowledge what is still positive or at least hopeful in your world.
Believe it or not, there is a field of study called the Science of Gratitude. Researchers say that expressing your gratitude can make you happier. When you express gratitude you pass on positive thoughts and feelings to create what I call a circle of gratitude.
You might be grateful for the people who have helped you get through difficult times. You might be grateful for groups or organizations that offered resources to keep you going. You might be grateful for your own strengths and talents.
Think of what you are genuinely grateful for, and then put those feelings into words. Say it out loud or write it down. Give specific examples. First make it clear to yourself what you are grateful for, and then see what your examples have in common.
For example, I’m grateful for:
After you discover what you are grateful for, find a way to tell the person or organization or even yourself. Pay it forward to inspire others to do the same. You are creating a circle of gratitude that nurtures and sustains itself.
Mary Edwards, Ph.D
Career & Life Coach for Artists
“Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People”
As an artist coach, I bring a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to my practice.