Gratitude is the art of welcoming your blessings.
At least, that’s what my positive psychology professor once told me. I used to think that practicing gratitude was something you did only at Thanksgiving, but as the years have passed, I have realized the importance of recognizing and celebrating the little moments that make life better.
In Positive Psychology, theorists believe that those who put energy into creating positive thoughts end up living a longer, healthier, happier life. Positive thoughts not only affect our daily mood, but our lifelong physical and mental wellness. By purposefully incorporating positive thoughts and gratitude into daily practice, it becomes more natural for our brains to think positive thoughts later in the day or week.
This November, I am starting a gratitude challenge with my clients. We’re starting the month by making a Gratitude Box and learning about the benefits of tracking regular gratitude. Then, each session, we close by writing down something that we are grateful for. At the end of the month, each client will have the opportunity to read their gratitude aloud and reflect on the good things in their life.
While I am doing this activity with clients, I am also doing this in my own life. As practicing gratitude has never been one of my strengths, I am seizing the opportunity to take five minutes during my morning coffee to complete this challenge with my clients.
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