If you are in isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, you might consider taking some time to write one or more letters of gratitude. It’s easy to see all the things that are not working. But despite that, what is still functioning?
Who are the people in your life that matter? You can use the time of isolation to look back at persons who made a difference or are still making a difference in your life. I encourage you to write them a letter of gratitude. It is a good way to make use of your time. And it is a good way to engage in meaningful activities that help keep you emotionally healthy especially during stressful times.
If you have children, you can also do this activity with them.
If you have time on your hands or are looking for something to do with your children, you should definitely consider writing one more more letters of gratitude to the people who have made a difference in your life.
The short video below will help you get started on writing such a letter if you are unsure. I am working to make February 18 Write a Letter of Gratitude Day around the world. I chose this date to honor Chris Peterson, a psychologist who was a colleague of mine. He was a pioneer researcher and scholar in the field of modern positive psychology.
However, as you will see in the video you can write such a letter any time but do it at least once a year on what would have been his birthday.