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6 Articles that Remind Us Why We Need Gratitude More Than Ever

6 Articles that Remind Us Why We Need Gratitude More Than Ever #thankful

Research has repeatedly shown that gratitude — the act of being thankful and appreciative — is good for your mental health. And I think most of us know from experience that practicing gratitude improves our mood and creates a more positive outlook on life.

But incorporating gratitude into our everyday lives can be hard. Sometimes we don’t feel grateful. Other times we’re worried about the future or troubled by the past. And other times we’re busy and simply don’t make time for it. To help you break through these barriers and create a gratitude practice that works for you, I gathered several articles I’ve written (and a couple from my colleagues) about gratitude. I hope you find them supportive.

7 Ways to Practice Gratitude When You’re Feeling Depressed

Are you feeling down and not particularly grateful this Thanksgiving? Well, you’re not the only one who can’t muster that grateful feeling. Depression, sadness, grief, and loneliness can make it difficult to do much of anything at times. Unfortunately, our problems don’t just disappear because it’s a holiday. When things are going wrong and you’re struggling, it’s hard to feel thankful. I decided to consult mental health and relationship experts to provide you with some strategies for practicing gratitude when you’re feeling depressed. They each offer a different perspective and I hope at least one of them will spark your interest in gratitude as a useful part of feeling better.

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7 Ways to Practice Gratitude When You're Feeling Depressed #gratitude #mentalhealth #depression

Expert Advice on How to Practice Gratitude All Year Long

This is the season of gratitude. Thanksgiving is a recognition and celebration of our blessings, but you will find tremendous benefit in practicing gratitude all year long. It just takes a little practice and planning — and using these actionable tips from six experts will help you maintain an attitude of gratitude all year long.

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Practice Gratitude All Year Long #thanks #gratitude

Awakening of Gratitude

In this article, my colleague Connie Habash shares a personal story about how she had an awakening of gratitude and how she reconnected with a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude.

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Awakening of Gratitude #gratitude #thanksgiving

How to Practice Gratitude When You’re Feeling Discouraged

When we’re feeling discouraged, alone, anxious, or angry, it’s hard to be grateful. We know we’re supposed to feel grateful. It’s Thanksgiving-time after all. But you may be having a hard time tapping into gratitude right now.  Sometimes we have to work at feeling grateful. But it’s a worthwhile practice. Gratitude shifts the focus from problems to positives. When we focus on the good things in our lives, we train our brains to look for the positives. So, by practicing gratitude we will notice more of the good things in the world. Our problems don’t disappear, but they can feel more manageable.

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How to Practice Gratitude When You're Feeling Discouraged #gratitude

Being Thankful for the Present

In this article, my colleague David Teachout shares how gratitude is rooted in the present; that it’s a mindfulness practice that reminds us not to lose sight of what’s directly around us.

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Being Thankful for the Present #thanksgiving #mindfulness #gratitude


30 Journal Prompts to Cultivate a Grateful Heart

To get the benefits of gratitude, we need to practice it consistently, which means we need to plan a way to incorporate gratitude into our already overscheduled, overstressed lives. One way to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. In this article, you’ll learn more about creative ways to use a gratitude journal, including 30 gratitude journal prompts to get you started.

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Journal Prompts to Cultivate a Grateful Heart


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6 Articles that Remind Us Why We Need Gratitude More Than Ever

Sharon Martin, LCSW

Sharon Martin is a licensed psychotherapist and codependency expert practicing in San Jose, CA. She is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism: Evidence-Based Skills to Help You Let Go of Self-Criticism, Build Self-Esteem, and Find Balance and several ebooks including Navigating the Codependency Maze.  

To learn more, visit Sharon's website. And please sign-up for free access to her resource library HERE (worksheets, tips, meditations, and resources for healing codependency, perfectionism, anxiety and more).

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Martin, S. (2018). 6 Articles that Remind Us Why We Need Gratitude More Than Ever. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 19, 2020, from


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