Grateful for the Chance to Make a Difference: Day 7 of Gratitude Week

The photo is of Greta Thunberg, the young woman who has made such an incredible impact in terms of awakening the world to the threats of pollution and climate change. She, and her generation, will be inheriting a world that is far more dangerous for many reasons than the one I grew up in. One thing we CAN do for our children and future generations is mitigate the harmful effects of pollution and associated climate change. There is not a moment to waste! This, as much as anything, is an issue that Florence Nightingale would have advocate for strenuously. As nurses we know that environment has a huge health impact. It is one of the metaparadigms of nursing. Time for us all to get on board.

Good news in my science feed today: researchers from the University of Rochester have published their findings regarding how to be happier in 2021. It turns out, “If you want to make a New Year’s resolution that really makes you happy, think about the ways in which you can contribute to the world, because the research shows it’s not just good for the world but also really good for you.” Here is the source:

So I have an easy solution for myself in 2021, I will focus on reducing my own impact on the climate and advocating as strongly as I can for environmental issues. It’s important! It’s my children’s future! And it is something that is 100% do-able. Plus, it’s a prescription for being happier in 2021. This concludes my week of gratitude and honestly, it’s been a great week. I won’t flood my blog with any more posts, but this has become quite a promising habit. I wish you all very happy holidays and health and joy in the new year. I hope you will all embrace your power and enjoy greater happiness in 2021 by finding your own way to make a positive impact.

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