Research shows that being thankful is good for your physical and mental health. Gratitude can help relieve stress, depression, anxiety, anger, and other negative emotions. People who count their lucky stars tend to be more optimistic, sociable, and engaged in life.
So what exactly is gratitude? Psychologists describe it as maintaining a world view that appreciates the positive. Unlike optimism, which is general hopefulness about the future, gratitude requires recognizing that others helped you toward a happy outcome.
Making a “gratitude list” is a way to strengthen your positive-focused thinking. In fact, it’s often part of 12-step programs for addictions.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we’d like to make our own gratitude list. We give thanks for:
- the extraordinary people we serve, who continually teach us lessons in resilience, strength, and perseverance
- our staff, who open their hearts and give unstintingly every day
- our funders, who make our free services possible
- everyone who is working to reduce the stigma of mental illness
- the continuing progress of the mental health recovery movement
Last but not least, we’re grateful for the chance to express our gratitude. Now we feel even better!