How Gratitude Helps You Heal
Friends of the Center,
“What are you grateful for?”
You’ll probably hear that a lot this time of year. Some people say their health, friends, family, or even fall itself.
But feeling thankful isn’t just about seasonal reminders. It’s an activity you can cultivate year round, one that can improve your mental health, increasing your happiness, boosting your resilience, and strengthening your relationships.
In short, it helps you heal and offers a fresh perspective on your surroundings.
Given that autumn is traditionally a time of abundance, acceptance, and gratitude, it’s the perfect time to try to recognize the bounty in front of you and give thanks, to yourself and others:
- Start with yourself—When is the last time you thanked yourself for a job well done, for taking care of your own physical or mental health, or just because you’re you? Offer gratitude to yourself first—try a gratitude journal or meditating on what makes you grateful—and let the positive effects of thanks emanate from you. Email me with what makes you grateful, and I’ll share our gratitude collection —keeping all entries anonymous—with this mailing list.
- Tell someone—Whether you say it in person to someone you see every day, leave a note for your partner or housemate, or write an email to a colleague or friend, saying, “Thanks” can mean a lot, for the other person and for you.
- Say it with your actions—Try volunteering before the year is out: It could even offer some additional health benefits.
- Find your own way—Ultimately, expressing your gratitude is about what feels right and works for you, so try out a few ways and find what fits best. Then practice it.
What I’m thankful for
I’m grateful for:
The openness and courage of the clients who choose DCNE
The thoughtful and professional therapists at DCNE who have dedicated their lives to helping others
All caregivers—including mothers, fathers, partners, children, and health care providers, —who work to provide love and support to people in their lives
Schuyler Cunningham, LICSW
Washington, DC Center for Neurocognitive Excellence LLC
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