by aleah goodman
In the midst of the holiday season, especially during Thanksgiving, everyone is expected to be thankful and grateful for all the good things in our lives. However, not many of us make space in our lives for appreciative thoughts and actions.
And for those who do, it often feels like the thankfulness is artificial, and has been forced by family members or teachers who constantly bombard us with the “What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?”. Although the concept of gratitude imposed on us by others is not especially exciting, gratitude is a very important aspect of life when you make the choice to do it yourself, and practice it often. The many benefits of practicing everyday gratitude include:
So, with all the benefits that gratitude brings, why doesn’t everyone practice gratitude? Many people want to start practicing gratitude because of its benefits, but believe that stressors such as work, school, or a lack of time will not allow them to do so. However, practicing gratitude is simple and takes little time. Here are some easy ways you can incorporate thankfulness and gratitude into your daily life:
Overall, no matter how much time you spend practicing gratitude or how you do it, by incorporating it into your life, you will be able to be happier and more content.
Davis, T. (2017, November 16th). Five Ways to Practice Gratitude. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/click-here-happiness/201711/five-ways-practice-gratitude.
Seppala, E. (2014, June 17th). 13 Ways Gratitude Will Significantly Improve Your Life. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-it/201406/13-ways-gratitude-will-significantly-improve-your-life.
Aleah Goodman, BHSEC Queens
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