Written By Ann Gossy, Master in Clinical Social Work
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.