“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others” (National Association of School Psychologists, 2014, p. 1).
3 Benefits of Gratitude
- People who are optimistic and have gratitude have increased well-being and decreased depression (, .
- When you have gratitude, there is an increase association with accessing positive memories (Watkins, Uhder, & Pichinevskiy, 2015). (Two of my past posts on positivity: Positivity #1 & Positivity #2Positivity #2.)
- Grit (That word again! I ❤️ it!) and gratitude decrease the risk for suicide and increase the meaning in life. (Two of my past posts on grit: Grit #1 & Grit #2) (Kleiman, Adams, Kashdan, & Riskind, 2013).
What to Be Grateful For?
I used to be one that would say, “When I get my bachelor’s degree, life will be easier or get better.” I was a single mother at the age of 21, trying to achieve my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. Then, I would say, “When I get remarried, life will be less stressful.” Oh what about, “When I don’t live pay check to pay check, I will be happy.”
Life doesn’t stop. It keeps trucking along. There are new challenges in each stage of my life. I realized that I can’t wait to be happy. I started a new routine at some point in my life where I’d wake up in the morning and think of everything that I am grateful for. Sometimes I do this in my bed! Other times, I go for a morning run and think about what I’m grateful for. This simple process has caused me to start my day on a happy high. Yeah! It’s much easier to face the stresses of the world when you are on a happy high.
Depression is real. Absolutely. It’s a difficult disease/mental state to deal with, but when I begin to think of negative thoughts, I immediately try to counter them with thoughts of gratitude. This may not always do the trick, but it has helped me tremendously.
We don’t have to be grateful for major things in our lives or wait for them, what about the little things.
- Your health
- Thinking about positive moments in your life
- You! Be thankful for your life! For your talents! For your presence. Each person is special, and there is NO ONE else like you!!!
Don’t wait to be grateful. Take a moment every day in your life to be grateful for the little things you have. If you are feeling down, maybe offer a service. Write a nice note to a friend. Take someone to lunch. Volunteer at the hospital. Helping others helps you forget about your problems. Be happy now! You are special, and I’m grateful for each and every one of my readers. I have learned so much from all of you since I started to engage in blogging at the beginning of this year.
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend ❤️! Happy Easter if you celebrate it!
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