In an irony that doesn’t escape her, Roseliz Francis started preserving a gratitude journal when the pandemic hit. A tutor residing within the UK, she says: “For an ambivert like me, it has not been easy staying home 24/7, for days together. I was looking for ways to make this experience tolerable. I realised that there is so much to be thankful for and wanted to document that; little things that make a big difference, but are often taken for granted and lost on us in the ‘busyness’ of life.”
She hopes to proceed the apply as soon as issues return to how they had been.
Keeping a journal is one of the most effective methods to faucet into that ray of daylight in everybody, says Shaarika Menon, a guide psychologist from Thiruvananthapuram. She says that we subconsciously practise optimistic psychology, which is the pursuit of emotional, bodily, and psychological well-being. However, circumstances, our ideas and perceptions might drag us down.
“Then we have to consciously find a way out to catch that glimmer of light and let it blaze. Write down what makes you happy and what causes unhappiness. But the most important attribute is be appreciative and grateful,” she says.
However, it isn’t simply the theme of gratitude: Optimism and hope had been different doctrines individuals turned to, by way of health programmes, meditation and rekindling a reference to Nature. Giving, to assist artisans or migrant employees was one other selection individuals made. All of these fed into the overarching theme of positivism.
In the e-book Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, the authors advocate tapping into our optimistic traits. They divide the e-book into ‘Strengths of Wisdom and Knowledge’, similar to curiosity; ‘Strengths of Courage’, similar to persistence; ‘Strengths of Humanity’, similar to kindness, and extra.
It is these that individuals have begun to take notice of. So when Bengaluru-based homemaker Rachana Jagdish Ram says that she want to proceed the interplay with the outside, studying new issues in regards to the soil, and planting her meals, she unknowingly brings out the facet of her that’s curious, persistent, and grateful.
Chennai-based clothier Samanta Chiu is popping to her power of humanity. “The value of sustainable fashion is evident. It has given me an insight on how ‘less is more’ from a business perspective. All my cotton fabric scraps are made into face masks and a certain percentage of the sale proceeds go towards face mask donations for the elderly and children in and around Chennai,” says Samanta.
As we exit lockdown, we requested individuals what they might take away from these testing instances and the corresponding strengths they might improve, to convey positivism to the fore.
As an Associate Partner at EY in Bengaluru, Rajesh R Nair realised that essentially the most optimistic area for him was house. “Before the lockdown, I was travelling nearly every day between cities and clients. The first thing I realised during lockdown was that a lot of that travel could have been avoided. Going forth, we will look at travel with a closer lens and avoid what is unnecessary,” he says.
The primary factor is to take a lesson from these testing instances and develop a technique to remain upbeat.
Entrepreneur and Instagrammer Minu Marie Mathew from Mumbai didn’t let the droop in her enterprise knock her to the bottom. “It has been a time to create new opportunities. I began a Facebook page called Girl Boss Going Places, which is doing well now. I mentor around 500 entrepreneurs and handhold them to find motivation, and business collaboration. A halt in an old activity can create the way to a new one.”
Stepping out of the consolation zone has been a confidence booster for a lot of. Quarantine and social distancing left a number of senior residents feeling lonely and remoted. Not 83-year-old retired instructor PS Padmini from Kottayam, Kerala, who’s holding a web-based exhibition of her craft and works to boost funds to construct a home for 14-year-old Athira, who lives in a dilapidated home. “All my age-related discomforts vanished when I put my heart into the exhibition,” she says.
Entrepreneur and homemaker Anjali Manoj from Thiruvananthapuram says that she has learnt to worth each second and by no means take even one stress-free second as a right. She provides, “I plan to create more festivity and occasions for no reason. Celebrate the small pleasures and celebrate life more.”