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.
- My husband
- My cats
- My parents, brother, sister-in-law, and in-laws.
- Having a good mental health team.
- Access to good food.
- Ability to cook complex recipes.
- My bed
- Relaxing days
- Access to clean water
- Clean air
- Having a job
- Heated home