Practicing Gratitude

Do you find yourself focused all the time on what you want, or need, or don’t have? It’s easy, and common, to focus on all the things missing from our lives.

At the end of your day, take 5 minutes to think about everything that happened that day, and everyone you came into contact with. Take a moment to write down what, or who, you are grateful for and write a note.

On my worst of days I can still find at least one person or event to be thankful for. Even if you don’t send the note – even if it’s just an entry in your journal – you’re still shifting your perspective (in that moment) toward being grateful rather than reflecting on negative thoughts, events or circumstances.

With time, you will find yourself in the habit of being grateful instead :)

Written by Dennis Liegghio, reviewed and edited by Dr. Fran Brown, Ltd. Licensed Psychologist at Wentworth and Associates in Utica, MI.

What are you grateful for today?

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