noun: a feeling of appreciation or thanks.
We are all familiar with gratitude, but did you know there are many mental health benefits of feeling grateful? Gratitude and thankfulness can help us cope with the stress and anxiety that can often accompany the holiday season.
Gratitude allows us to appreciate what we have in the moment instead of "always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice." (Harvard Mental Health Letter)
Gratitude can help us:
Establish and maintain relationships. It's no secret that people like feeling appreciated. Write your boss, a co-worker or a friend and thank you note to show them you care!
Improve your self-esteem. By appreciating others' accomplishments and reducing social comparisons, you will feel better about yourself and those around you.
It's easy to focus on the negative aspects of the holidays but taking some time to focus on the positive and feeling grateful can alleviate some of the stress in your life and help you feel happier and healthier. Gratitude can also be contagious so you can help those around you!
We also have many educational presentations and opportunities for CEUs in November. Visit our website for a full list of upcoming events.
NOTE: MHAH offices will be closed on Monday, November 14th, Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th. This does not include the Compassionate Ear Warmline, which is open 365 days a year from 4pm-10pm.