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Another Attitude To Gratitude

If you are struggling with your mental health I am sure you’ve been told or read that you should practice gratitude. Usually it’s recommended that you sit down at the end of each day and list what you are grateful for. This is a good idea but might not work for everyone; this approach is very cerebral, it’s easy to just go through the motions but not feel anything during the process. That being said it’s still a useful practice as it trains your brain to seek out the positive. If you need something more immediate or tangible I have a possible alternative for you!

Instead of asking yourself what you are grateful for, ask yourself what made you feel good throughout your day. For me my list would go something like this:

  • Watching the snow pile up outside my window
  • Drinking tea
  • Chatting/laughing with my co-workers
  • Writing this blog
  • Doing yoga
  • Kickboxing routine... kick your moods away

As you can see this list can include anything big or small! The idea is that once you identify what makes you feel good you can seek it out and increase those happy endorphins!

I learned about this from an episode or My Favorite Murder, an interesting (and weirdly funny) podcast about crime and murder. What’s interesting about this podcast is that the hosts talk openly about their mental health and therapy. They often share comforting insights and useful coping strategies. If you want to hear more about this approach check out Episode 158, if you want to avoid stories of murder fast forward to 1:32:20.

If you are interested in learning more about gratitude check out Cultivating Gratitude and 12 Days of Self Care: An Alternative to Gratitude.