It can be so difficult to maintain a helpful perspective on life. Our worries and anxieties can become larger than they need to be and take over our thoughts. When we see the whole world through this lens of anxiety, everything gets out of perspective. This can have a knock on effect on those around you, particularly those close to you.
“When you’re worried, upset or angry about something, your negative emotions can rub off on those around you. Equally the opposite is true, when you are able to maintain perspective, step back, remain calm and at peace, this also has an effect, creating a more kind, loving environment for those around you.” Jaime Thurston, Kindness: the little thing the matters most
I know so well how anxious thoughts can take over. My favourite verse in the Bible is:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7, NIV Bible
This verse suggests a good strategy to overcome worry and anious thoughts: thankfulness. As we start to be thankful, it takes our eyes of our worries, changes our perspective and can lead us to a place of peace even in difficult circumstances. Last week we looked at how thankfulness can open the way to kindness – it is a weapon against the worries of life and a tool to prepare the ground for good things to grow.
Scientific research has shown that gratitude helps create better health and wellbeing. How does it do this? It shifts our focus to a new perspective. I know there are times in life when this is harder than others, believe me I’ve been there! But freedom, peace and a more loving and kind environment are on the other side.
So today, gain perspective on your worries. You could use thankfulness as your strategy to do this!