Since we are in the midst of the holiday season, I want to take a minute to discuss the importance of gratitude.  Gratitude has been largely studied in relation to mental health, and while there is some disagreement, most studies show a positive correlation between gratitude and positive wellbeing.  For example, writing down things you are grateful for has been shown to increase optimism and health.

In a study of couples, it was shown that those who took the time to express gratitude for their partner felt more positive toward that partners and also felt more comfortable expressing their concerns in regards to their relationship.

I have been practicing daily gratitude since August 6th.  I have an app on my phone, called “Thanks Diary”, and it reminds me every night at 9:05pm to enter what I am grateful for that day.  Some days it’s easy to think of something, and others it can be a challenge.  This practice has made me more aware of the things in my life I may take for granted, that I am in fact grateful for when I sit and think about it.

Below is a list of some of the things I have listed that I am grateful for.  I recommend taking the time to think about what you are grateful for as well.

  1. My husband
  2. My cats
  3. My parents, brother, sister-in-law, and in-laws.
  4. Weekends
  5. Having a good mental health team.
  6. Comedy
  7. Access to good food.
  8. Ability to cook complex recipes.
  9. My bed
  10. Books
  11. Relaxing days
  12. Access to clean water
  13. Sobriety
  14. Clean air
  15. Friends
  16. Sleep
  17. Shelter
  18. Medication
  19. Having a job
  20. Heated home