It’s that time of year again when the days are shorter, the temperature has dropped and the simultaneously exciting-but-stressful Christmas is approaching. It’s time to up the ante on my wellbeing.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I have decided to give Gratefulness-based Therapy a go, in order to give a bit more strength to my mental healthiness through these winter months. It’s free, and can be done alongside any other therapies that you currently undertake.

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People who practice gratitude are statistically more likely to…

  • have stronger relationships
  • feel psychologically healthier
  • feel physically healthier
  • be more empathetic
  • be less aggressive
  • sleep better
  • have higher self-esteem
  • have stronger mental resilience

Sounds great!

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So how am I going about it I hear you cry!

Some very easy ways to get started are listed here, but the most common and effective practice is to keep a gratitude journal. This involves thinking each day of 5 things you are grateful for. Not only does it make you appreciate the good things in the day (just before you’re about to go to sleep and convert all your short term memories into long term ones), but it also gets you into a state of searching for things to be thankful for each day. What a lovely thing to look for each day I say!

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21 day gratitude challenge app

However, I have decided to start my therapy off with the 21 day gratitude challenge. It’s a free app on Android (and I’m assuming also available for Apple) and works on the principle that by doing something for three weeks, you can establish a good habit to take forward. It consists of 21 5-minute challenges, and obviously will benefit you more if you complete them all. Like everything, you get out what you put in.

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Today is day one of the challenge, and it is simply to list three things to happen to me today that I can give credit to other people.

Planned activities for today?

I am meeting up with friends to do one of those escape rooms. These friends are constantly being let down and cancelled on by me, and yet they still keep inviting me to things. I can tell that I am going to be grateful to them.

My hubby has been away for the weekend and is returning tonight. I will be grateful for his presence.

As for the third, I’m excited to find out what that will be!

Who else is going to join me?

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long-suffering