Have you ever tried writing in a gratitude journal, or sending a gratitude letter, or simply expressing something you are grateful for each day? Research studies show that gratitude can help to improve depression and overall happiness.
By Tiffany Henline, LAMFT
I love journals and have found a lot of peace and healing in writing down my thoughts, feelings, and experiences. A few years ago, I picked up a small journal specifically for writing things I am grateful for and positive affirmations about myself. I began recording 3 things I am grateful for and 3 positive affirmations each day. I noticed a change in myself and in my interactions with others. I felt more optimistic and hopeful. I focused on the good in myself and in the world around me.
As a therapist, I encourage my clients to identify 3 things each day that they are grateful for. Over a period of several weeks, my clients have reported increased positivity in their lives.
When we focus on the things we do want and things that are going well in our lives, our overall outlook improves. Why not give it a try this week? Take a few minutes each day to list what you are grateful for and notice the difference it makes in your life.
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