Attitude of Gratitude: Finding Light in the Darkness of Pandemic

By Jack Fox, M.A. Resident in Counseling in Northern Virginia 


The past few months have been really hard. Starting with the onset of the Coronavirus in March, there has been a lot of darkness that we as a society have had to deal with! There has been so much focus on self-preservation and making sure that you and your family are safe, that it is often easy to forget about others in this time of crisis. From a neuroscience stance, it makes sense! We are programmed to do what it takes to survive, and now that we are faced with an imminent threat, our instincts have kicked in to help us succeed in that endeavor.

It is important, however, to remember that we do not function as individuals in the world. We depend so much on the kindness of strangers each and every day. Even now, in COVID times, we depend on the kindness and gratitude of strangers to put their own health and safety on the line to work in grocery stores or in other essential businesses.

Set One Weekly Goal

This month, let’s think of a goal of one thing each week that we can do to pass on that gratitude, to continue to shift our attitude from selfish to selfless. Think about how much more light the world would feel if we all did one thing a week to focus on someone else other than ourselves!
About Jack Fox:

Jack graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Psychology and recently finished his graduate work at Regent University with a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout his studies, Jack has seen and worked with many clients, both adolescents and adults, struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment issues, and even people with a desire to get to know themselves just a little bit better! The more Jack has worked with people, the more a simple truth has come to light: You are not alone!

Jack believes that success in therapy results from a combination of understanding first what is dysfunctional, then where the dysfunction comes from. Finally, changing a behavior resulting from the thoughts or emotions driving the dysfunction can result in truly powerful changes in life. He mainly uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EDMR, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to help attain the goals of his clients. Through these techniques, Jack enters into relationship with his clients and gets to understand and hear their full story, providing a safe environment for vulnerability.

To learn more about Jack, visit HERE.

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