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Try to find a piece of paper and a writing utensil. If those are too far away, simply think about the following question:

What am I grateful for today?

Try to think of at least three things.

Now, briefly reflect upon the significance those items bring into your life. What is it about the things that you chose that brings you joy?

While this activity may seem simple, it permits you to contemplate the role of gratitude within your life.

Given that it’s likely that you already understand the meaning of gratitude, the purpose of this post is not to define it, but rather to highlight its effects.

It may surprise you to learn that gratitude is believed to have a plethora of psychological and physical effects. Some effects include potentially having a positive impact on one’s well-being, mental health, and increasing one’s acts of altruism. It can also improve one’s sleep. As a result, many clinicians have investigated the integration of gratitude-based therapeutic interventions in practice.

While gratitude journaling is a popular gratitude-based intervention, there are alternative ways in which one can experience it. These range from thinking about those for whom you are grateful for to practicing meditation.

Because of the changes that have taken place over the past year, many have found themselves overwhelmed and burned out because of the pandemic. It’s likely that as you go about your day, you find yourself lost in thought. Perhaps you are worrying about events that are going to take place in the future or are ruminating about events that have taken place in the past. Regardless of the category you fall into, perhaps a gratitude-based practice may help boost your mood.

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