Cultivating Gratitude At Thanksgiving And Beyond
Scientific research has concluded that materialistic people are less happy than their peers. They experience fewer positive emotions, are less satisfied with life and suffer higher levels of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. So, how can we avoid falling into this trap during the holiday season? Cultivate a mindset of gratitude.
Here are a few reasons why it's beneficial to cultivate an attitude of gratitude - not only at Thanksgiving - but year round.
Gratitude empowers you
Helps fight addiction
Combats the social media blues
Helps you sleep better
Fosters a sense of community
Helps fend off depression
Increases life satisfaction
How can you begin a gratitude practice? Many people use a gratitude journal, in which they write down five things they're grateful for each day. This simple exercise only requires a few minutes and can significantly increase your levels of gratitude. Plus, it's a great way to self-reflect and look back on all of the people, events, and moments you've been grateful for.