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A little gratitude goes a long way

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

As the holiday season begins, some people look forward to joyous celebrations, time away from work, or special moments with family and friends. For others, feelings of loneliness, desperation, or sadness can feel especially pronounced during this time of year.

While many mental health concerns are best handled with the support of a professional, there are  things that can be done on an individual level or with family and social supports to improve feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

Practicing gratitude can have a positive impact on your mind, body, and relationships with others. A sense of meaning, more joy, and increased capacity to handle stressful situations are among the many benefits of gratitude.

Establishing a gratitude practice can also bring social benefits, including the ability to forgive or to demonstrate empathy and generosity.

It’s important to recognize that practicing gratitude does not mean ignoring real problems. In fact, it’s actually the opposite. Expressing gratitude for things that are going well or seem “right” in your life is a powerful reminder of your capability to handle all parts of your life – even the most challenging ones.

Here are several tips for incorporating a little more gratitude into your daily routine:

Keep a gratitude journal. Try to write about at least one thing you are grateful for each day. It can be simple or complex.

Tell a friend, family member, or loved one how much you appreciate them. Let them know that you are grateful for their presence in your life.

Seek positive outcomes. No matter how big or small, acknowledging the positive can spark feelings of gratitude.

Give yourself credit. Try to think about a period of adversity in your life and commend yourself on how you got through it. Give yourself credit for doing your best.

There are many ways to practice and express gratitude. Consider how you can incorporate more gratitude in your life for mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

If you or someone you love is experiencing emotional distress or crisis, Beacon’s 24/7 hotline is here for you. Contact us anytime at 1-800-580-6934 or contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

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