There is no denying that this year has taken its toll on people’s mental health. We have been separated from those we love, seen daily counts of infections and deaths increase due to COVID-19, viewed countless images of fighting and destruction throughout our nation, and been divided by politics. It is easy to see why we might feel a little overwhelmed mentally.
Fortunately, there are a few simple tools we can use to boost our mental health and combat those feeling of being overwhelmed. One such tool is the power of gratitude. Scientific research shows that expressing gratitude can enhance your mental and physical well-being.
Expressions of gratitude can help us be happier, more resilient, and have better self-esteem. Expressing gratitude can reduce blood pressure and symptoms of depression. In addition, expressing gratitude can strengthen relationships and improve sleep (Ackerman, 2020).
To start on the path of expressing gratitude we may consider doing a few of the following things:
1- Journal 3-5 things we are grateful for each day.
2- Start a gratitude jar for the year. Write down specific items, and add one thing to your gratitude jar each day. Periodically take time to read what is in you jar.
3- Express gratitude in words. Tell someone what you are grateful for.
In the end, gratitude is worth the effort.
Ackerman, C. E. (2020, September 01). 28 Benefits of Gratitude & Most Significant Research Findings. Retrieved December 26, 2020, from https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-gratitude-research-questions/
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