Did you know having an “attitude of gratitude” had huge benefits?
Researchers have linked maintaining a thankful attitude with:
- Improved mental health
- Buffers to stress and daily worries
- Better physical well-being
You can adopt an attitude of gratitude by starting a few simple habits.
Focus on others. This is the season for lots of service and charitable opportunities. Find one and engage in it as a family or group. When we focus on others, we often discover our problems aren’t so bad.
Count your blessings. Concentrate on what you do have, rather than what you don’t have. For some, keeping a Gratitude Journal is a great way to daily consider what’s going well in your life. You can list big things such as a good report from a physical checkup to simple things like I made all the green lights to work today.
Keep your thoughts positive. Notice when your thoughts are negative or complaining. Reframe a negative thought into a positive one. For example: “Ugh, I have to cook for all my relatives this Thanksgiving.” The positive reframe would be, “I get to give the gift of a meal to my family members this season and be a part of a special memory for everyone.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” is a wonderful reframe by A.A. Milne of Winnie-the-Pooh fame.
Sure, it’s takes practice, especially if you lean more toward Eeyore than Tigger on the personality spectrum. But with practice, it’s certainly do-able. And beneficial!
If you’d like to tell us how you stay thankful, please comment below.