November is National Gratitude Month. Adopt an attitude of gratitude during these difficult times. Studies show that gratitude can be an effective way to enhance well-being, decrease stress, improve sleep, lower depression, build resilience, and boost self-esteem. Practicing gratitude creates a sense of calm by opening the heart, relaxing the body, and bringing a positive perspective to life’s ups and downs.
Here are 6 simple strategies to foster gratitude in your heart and home.
- Journal daily about three things for which you are grateful.
- Think about someone for whom you are grateful.
- Send a letter (or even a text) to someone and express your gratitude for them.
- Practice saying “thank you” while really meaning it.
- Take a walk and experience the beauty of nature.
- Decorate a family “Gratitude Jar” or “Gratitude Box.” Encourage family members to write notes of gratitude to each other on a daily or weekly basis. Read the notes out loud at dinnertime. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to share the notes with the family at the table.