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With the holidays upon us, our thoughts often turn to thankfulness. However, illness, depression, relationship or financial problems don’t stop simply because the calendar says it’s time to celebrate. When life is difficult do we abandon thoughts of gratefulness or is there a way to be thankful despite life’s difficulties?
There are ways to remain grateful when you just don’t feel like it. There are also many reasons to stay thankful. Many studies have been done extolling the health and psychological benefits of being thankful. Gratitude lowers stress, which can both lower your blood pressure and increase your energy. It promotes a positive mindset to help ward off depression. The positivity that comes from gratitude can even boost your immune system.
So how exactly do you find this gratitude when it isn’t coming naturally? Here are few ways to get you started:
It may take some searching but making the effort to be grateful offers many benefits. When you practice gratitude, it helps to put life in perspective.Being thankful gives us hope that although things are difficult now, they will get better.
“Grathitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”