Gratitude Practice as a strategy
I feel like gratitude practice is a deceptively simple strategy that can create significant results if practiced daily. Given that I forget about it sometimes when I’m feeling stressed, or having a depressive episode, I can understand why it gets overlooked.
Somehow, we have linked gratitude with happiness, and they are two very separate things. I feel like practicing gratitude makes me happier, but I don’t have to be happy to practice gratitude. It is when I am at my lowest that I need my gratitude practice.
Daily Practice Challenge
I just can not emphasize the value of gratitude practice strongly enough. It’s free, you can do it anywhere, and it helps. Try it daily for three months – just three things a day, and write them down. That is not an insurmountable task. If three is too many, make it one, every day, for three months.
You have to embrace the spirit of the practice, I don’t think writing “I’m grateful I didn’t stab anyone today” or “I’m grateful I only have to find one stupid thing to be grateful for” is going to help that much.🤔 I could be wrong, let me know.
Gratitude is not about perfection
“Fall in love with the mess of your life – the shattered dreams, the broken promises, the unexpected sorrows and joys, all those hoped-for tomorrows that never arrived, those beautiful plans that never came to fruition.
Sanctify the mess of your life, this wild, uncontrollable, unplanned, unexpected moment of existence.
Dignify it with your loving attention, your gratitude.
Become a mess-iah.”
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Accessible Peer-reviewed articles
I read a lot of peer reviewed articles as part of my process through my diagnosis. Here are some fully accessible articles that I have read around gratitude practice.
- A systematic review of gratitude interventions: Effects on physical health and health behaviors
- Gratitude – more than just a platitude? The science behind gratitude and health
- Gratitude as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention
- Using a Gratitude Intervention to Improve the Lives of Women With Breast Cancer: A Daily Diary Study
- Spirituality and Gratitude as Predictors of the Quality of Life in Adult Cancer Patients
- Daily Feelings of Gratitude are Related to Better Mental Health Outcomes in Breast Cancer Patients: A Daily Diary Study
- Positive psychological functioning in breast cancer: An integrative review
- The Science of Gratitude
Peer-reviewed articles that require payment or university access
- The Influence of Gratitude in Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Well-Being
- Psychosocial health mediates the gratitude-physical health link
- Gratitude and health: An updated review
- Gratitude when it is needed most: Social functions of gratitude in women with metastatic breast cancer.
- The Role of Gratitude in Breast Cancer: Its Relationships with Post-traumatic Growth, Psychological Well-Being and Distress
- Mindful gratitude journaling: psychological distress, quality of life and suffering in advanced cancer: a randomised controlled trial
- Effects of a randomized gratitude intervention on death-related fear of recurrence in breast cancer survivors.
- Optimism, social support and psychosocial functioning among women with breast cancer
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