With the holiday season upon us, I began to think about what I am thankful for. With fear and anger rampant in the hearts and minds of many post-election, taking time to be grateful feels like a needed respite. As research shows, thinking about what we are grateful for can have many positive effects including decreased depression and being more likely to help others. I make a list of five things I am grateful for each night and even though the research shows that it lessens depression (not anxiety), I have the positive benefit of decreased anxious thoughts when I lay down to go to sleep. So here is my list for today:
- I am grateful for my health and the health of my family and friends. After coping with the health problems and deaths of those close to me in 2015, I am especially grateful for health in 2016.
- I am grateful for the love and support of the people in my life. Without them, my days would be less enjoyable and more challenging.
- I am grateful for the times that I am able to practice mindfulness, to take in all that life has to offer. Some of my favorites this week: hearing my daughter laugh, seeing the beautiful fall leaves, and tasting delicious food.
- I am grateful for my career and the work that I do. I love guiding others to find meaning in their lives, even when negative thoughts and emotions show up. It’s one of the things that makes my life feel meaningful.
- I am grateful for my clients. You choose to do the sometimes hard work of therapy in order to reach your goals and live a valued life and you trust me to join you on that journey.
If you would like help with cultivating more gratitude in your life, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Wishing you a happy holiday season filled with serenity and gratitude!