Having an attitude of gratitude can be HARD some days (I get it – I've been there). But it’s well worth the effort.
To prove it, here’s an article on the science of gratitude and its positive effects on our mental and physical health. As explained by Patrick in the article, “An appreciation for what you have makes it easier not to worry about what you don’t have.” Gratitude helps us stay focused, not letting life drag us down. And it’s especially powerful when it’s combined with grit– which is defined as having long-term interests and passions, along with a willingness to set aside previous setbacks and continue pushing on to achieve our goals.
This doesn’t mean we should ignore our negative feelings. Rather, it’s about choosing to show appreciation for the positives that we have in our lives and for the support shown to us by others. Through selfless acts of gratitude, we not only develop healthier minds, but we also improve our physical well-being by reducing our stress and anxiety.
What’s more, showing gratitude can help:
Strengthen our relationships;
Make us feel better about our current situation;
Increase our optimism about the future;
Improve our self-control and discipline by focusing on positive feelings rather than the desire for immediate gratification;
And encourage others to respond in a similar manner.
With all this in mind .. I have confidence you CAN develop an attitude of gratitude. Start by simply thinking of something positive. Rays of sunshine ... fresh air on a walk ... cuddles with a four-legged furry friend … a moment of kindness extended to you ... the gifts of a new day … anything that brings you joy.
I have gratitude for all of YOU and all of our supporters who are helping educate, support and empower caregivers. What are you grateful for?