5 Tips for Practicing Gratitude
By Deidrie Naomi Austin, M.Ed, LPC-Associate
Life can bring many day-to-day challenges that can cause us to feel a variety of emotions, such as anxiety, depression, and stress. Some days we just want to find a way to boost our mood and get out of the funk that we are feeling.
Although there are a variety of ways that we can begin to help ourselves and improve our mental health, practicing gratitude, is one easy, quick and effective mood booster!
Gratitude can help us feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve our health, and improve our relationships. Here are 5 tips to begin practicing gratitude:
The first step to practicing gratitude is to think about everything in your life that you are grateful for.
When something is not going well it can be easy to get stuck in a negative cycle and to begin only focusing on everything that isn’t going right.
Instead, think about the things in your day or life that are going well, such as relationships, your job, your home, other aspects of your day-to-day life, and find something that stands out for you. The “thing” that you find that stands out for you is your gratitude for the day.