We have all faced a challenging year due to the pandemic. Now more than ever, our mental health is a top priority. Rather than focusing on the stress, isolation, and fear that many of us have faced during this year, let’s make it a habit to practice gratitude for all the positive aspects of our lives.
An article by Positive Psychology, lists out the ways practicing gratitude is a health benefit in “14 Health Benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science.” Some of these benefits include: increased happiness and positive mood, more satisfaction with life, better physical health, better sleep, lower levels of cellular inflammation, encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom, strengthens relationships, and leads to greater resiliency, among others.
Are you ready to start? You can practice gratitude daily by writing down three things you are grateful for each morning, reflecting on what you are grateful for before falling asleep each night, or connection with family or friends over the phone and sharing your list with one another. Focus on the things in life we often overlook on a daily basis, like fresh morning air, the roof over our heads, and a warm bed at night.
For a real life story, take a look at the Ted Talk, “The Art of Practicing Gratitude and Life’s Simplest Pleasures” by Travis Roy.
From our team at Age Well CT, we wish everyone a happy, safe, and healthy Thanksgiving!