Ask anyone who keeps a gratitude journal why they bother with the daily ritual and odds are, you’ll hear something like this:
Choosing to be grateful changed my… perspective… grief… depression… anxiety.
Being grateful led to contentment, which helped me enjoy being present in the moment instead of worrying or comparing my life to others.
For many of us though, Thanksgiving is the only day out of the year that we take time to reflect on our blessings. While it’s great to have a day set aside to do just that, practicing gratitude on the other 364 days of the year can have a significant positive effect on mental health.
Research shows that people who practice gratitude on a daily basis have:
-better physical and mental health
-tend to be more optimistic, sociable, and engaged in life
In addition, actively thankful people have lower levels of depression and anxiety.
So what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present to be thankful!
Go get a piece of paper. A notebook.
Jot down any small thing, any big thing, that crosses your mind.
And every day, just keep at it…writing down 3 things you’re thankful for.
Pretty soon, you might find yourself transformed by this quick, easy, and uplifting ritual.