Want to be Happier? Practice Gratitude

The benefits of practicing gratefulness are widespread. People who take the time each day to list 5 things they are grateful for sleep better, are more positive, have stronger immune systems, and see their relationships strengthened. Being grateful even in tough times helps one to see the bigger picture, and makes it more difficult to complain during those times.

I challenge you to try it for one week. At the beginning of your day, write down 5 things you are grateful for. It can be gratefulness for a sunset, or for having a good friend. Maybe that day you are particularly grateful for your health or for having found a great new book. No matter how big or small the item is, take the time to notice how you feel after writing your list, and then go through your day looking for the next five things to add to it. At the end of the week, you will feel happier and excited to continue your gratitude journal from here on out.

For a real look at how gratitude increases our happiness, check out this awesome video on gratefulness. If this video does not motivate you to try practicing gratefulness….well… that is impossible!  Enjoy!

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Krista Carpentar

Krista Carpentar

Krista opened Lotus Counseling in 2013, after realizing the need for specialized Eating Disorder treatment in the Grand Valley. Krista is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Masters of Science degree in Counseling in 2003 from Texas A&M University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. Since 2003 Krista has provided counseling to individuals with a wide variety of concerns. Currently, she specializes in treating adults and adolescents with disordered eating, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and a variety of other concerns. She uses a variety of modalities in her treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational, and Solution Focused Therapy.

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