The season of giving inspires connection
Thanksgiving is approaching, and this year the holiday will look a bit different. Many of us will be having small, more private celebrations to avoid gatherings and travel. Some people will experience a sense of loss, and others will experience anxiety or loneliness as we miss long-held traditions and spending time with friends and family.
And while Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be, well, thankful, it’s also a great time to expand this into a new tradition – the practice of gratitude.
Gratitude as a practice is the conscious effort to appreciate what you have in your life. It could include feeling grateful for your friends and family, colleagues, things that enrich your life, etc.
You can even foster gratitude, actively seeking the positivity that comes from appreciation. This takes practice by starting small, and then working on seeing the good that comes from all situations in life. Even hard times and challenges in life can lead to gratitude, because overcoming adversity leads to confidence and strength.
There is a realization that life can be inconsistent, but we as humans can prevail. It’s been said that people who consistently practice gratitude generally are happier, hopeful, and optimistic.
And once we experience gratitude, it can help shape our path to another level of gratitude – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Making A Season of Gratitude
So while the unforeseen events of 2020 may have some of us feeling slightly stressed this season, we can always take a moment to be grateful…for life, for nature, for all the beauty in the world, and for each other.
May you and yours have a wonderful season of gratitude.
Royce Epstein is the A&D Design Director for Mohawk Group.
As the face to A&D, Royce shares her passion and vision for design, cultural trends, and the meaning of materials in a broad context. Her role is to evolve and share Mohawk Group’s Design Vision with the A&D community, and to leverage product design with what A&D desires in the field. Constantly on the watch for new trends in all aspects of design and culture, Royce feeds this insight to all our industry’s touch points.
A veteran materials and product specialist, Royce spent two decades working in A&D firms before working with Mohawk. She was named the 2015 Designer of the Year by Interiors and Sources Magazine, and received a HiP award for Rising Star from Interior Design Magazine at Neocon 2016. Royce lives in Philadelphia where she is active in the design, art, and music scenes. She is a board member of Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.