Gratitude is more than just the quality of being thankful. Gratitude has deep and lasting effects on well-being and health, and you too can use gratitude to help aid you in your recovery journey. Leading researcher Robert Emmons has found that “people who regularly practice gratitude report higher levels of positive emotions, including more joy, pleasure, happiness, and optimism. These people also tend to have stronger social relationships and fewer feelings of isolation and loneliness, perhaps resulting from the fact that they are shown to be more generous, compassionate, and forgiving. New research also shows that gratitude can reduce the frequency or duration of episodes of depression.” Consider the following options to include gratitude in your daily life.
- Keep a gratitude journal.
- Write thank you notes.
- Give mental thank yous if you do not have a chance to express them out loud.
- Practice meditation or prayer.
- Use a gratitude jar to “pay it forward.”
Click here to read the full article by Melissa Stephenson for Huff Post Gratitude.