For our last #Mentalhealthmonday post we talked a bit about gratitude.
So, what exactly do we mean when we say “practice” gratitude and why is it so important to your mental health?
Gratitude is a spontaneous feeling, however, research demonstrates that making a conscious effort to count one’s blessings has significant health benefits. By deliberately cultivating gratitude, one is able to generate a climate of positivity that both reaches inward and outward.
It has been found that over time, practicing gratitude curbs the use of words that encourage negative emotions, shifts one’s focus away from negativity and minimizes the possibility of ruminating (a hallmark of depression).
One of the best ways to practice gratitude is to start a “Gratitude Journal”
Check out our “EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION” page to gain access to the start of your very own gratitude journal!
A good friend of ours has had this wonderful little message of gratitude on her office wall for years and we love it!
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