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(Day 6)

30 Days of Self-Care Information and Strategies – Kristin Cowart, MSW, LCSW

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, appreciate experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Begin to build your own practice of daily gratitude by choosing one of the ideas below and trying it out today.

  1. Write an unexpected thank-you note and mail it to someone you care about.
  2. Hold a gratitude scavenger hunt (search ‘gratitude scavenger hunt ideas’ and look at images for ideas).
  3. Take 10 minutes to reflect on your day. Then write down at least 5 things you are thankful for and why.
  4. Send an appreciation text to at least 3 people. Be specific about what you appreciate and value in each person.
  5. Write individual statements of gratitude on post it notes and hanging them together in a spot where you can see them often. Each time you walk by, celebrate the big and small things that bring you joy.
  6. Set an alarm or calendar appointment at random times throughout the day to remind you to stop, pause and practice gratitude.

Click the link below for more information about what gratitude is, why it matters and how to cultivate gratitude.