Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and that of course makes us think about gratitude. Studies show that gratitude is good for us, and not just on national holidays. A disposition of gratitude on a daily basis makes us healthier people both physically and mentally.
Indeed, recent research suggests that counting our blessings on a regular basis can help decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety over the long term. More research is in the works, but in conjunction with therapy or other medical treatment, it seems that gratitude can have a significant impact.
Generally, gratitude can serve to*:
That may sound wonderful, but outside of Thanksgiving and other clearly-designated times for thanks, it can be hard to be grateful all the time. If life is hectic and you want to improve your gratitude practice, here are some recommended interventions:
We also want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to and for you. We thank each and every one of you for what you do to advance life-saving depression research and awareness. We would not exist without your remarkable support.
*Cheng, S., Tsui, P. K., & Lam, J. H. M. (2015). Improving mental health in health care practitioners: Randomized controlled trial of a gratitude intervention.Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(1), 177-186. doi:http://dx.doi.org.pitt.idm.oclc.org/10.1037/a0037895