I’ve decided to piggy-back on June’s newsletter article speaking to the effect of gratitude on our health, by sharing my 3 favourite ways of practicing gratitude.
1. A Jar
A client shared this idea with me a few years ago, and I have passed along her insight to many others since. Write the things you are thankful for on a pretty piece of paper, fold it in half and put it in the jar. The jar serves as a visual reminder of all the wonderful things in your life and adds a nice touch to any room.
Journals are classic for lists. I suggest finding one you love, as we are more likely to go back to these items. When you’re feeling down, read through your journal for a pick-me-up.
3. Write a note to someone.
When we express our appreciation to others we also experience a boost. Send a text or card to someone you want to say thank you to. It will make both your days.
Karyn is a Registered Psychologist, who primarily practices from a Cognitive Behavioural perspective. She received training from Dr. David Burns, and loves collaborating with her clients to find the thoughts and actions creating obstacles in their lives, and leading them through steps to test if these thoughts and actions are true and helpful.