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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to Practice Gratitude

As you celebrate Thanksgiving week, consider this: Research shows that giving thanks and feeling grateful doesn't just make you feel good, it also helps your overall health. Better sleep, reduced stress, fewer aches and pains, less toxic emotions, and more resilience are just a few of the many benefits experience by grateful people. 

Acknowledging and expressing gratitude for the small blessings in life will also help you on your journey toward addiction recovery. It will build your self-esteem, boost your outlook, and remind you that a sober life is well worth fighting for. 

Perhaps the best part: Developing an "attitude of gratitude" can be fairly simple. Here are a few tips to get you started.
  1. Start a gratitude journal and write in it for 15 minutes each night before lights out. 
  2. Call a loved one and express how much he or she means to you.
  3. Take a walk and take in the beauty of nature.
  4. Perform a small act of kindness for someone else – hold the door open for a stranger or write a thank-you note to a co-worker who has helped you in the past.
  5. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, or take it a step further and designate a “no-complaining” day once a week.
  6. Help others who are less fortunate than you by volunteering.
  7. Meditate and refer to your gratitude list, giving thanks to all of the small gifts in life.
  8. Cut out pictures of the things or people for which you are grateful and make a collage.
  9. Share your gratitude via social media. Post a tweet, Facebook post or photo on Pinterest or Instagram.
  10. Practice gratitude at the same time each day to make it a habit. For instance, begin dinner by giving thanks each night – not just on Thanksgiving! 
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