One of the best ways we can improve our mental health is by practicing gratitude. If you are currently struggling with finding happiness, going through a rough time, or having problems with your mental health, it can be difficult to feel grateful. However, when we really stop and think about all of the things we can be grateful for (even if it’s small), it has an incredible snowball effect. Once we start looking for things to be grateful for, we find more things to be grateful for.
It isn’t always easy to choose to be happy, but Ryan Cambron has learned that it is possible. She spreads positivity with her blog, Choose Happiness. Today she shares 5 ways to practice gratitude.
- Start a gratitude journal. Writing out all of the things you are grateful for is a great way to focus your attention, rather than just thinking about it.
- Start small. Even in times when it feels like there is nothing to be grateful for, look for little things to write down in your journal. If you have air to breathe, a roof over your head, and food, start with those things and go from there.
- Create rituals. Many people do this with daily prayer in the morning, before bed, or before meals. Even if you aren’t religious, integrate gratitude throughout your day.
- Expression. Tell your friends and family how grateful you are to have them in your life.
- Remember how far you have come. Even when life feels overwhelming, remember all of the things you have gone through to get to where you are right now.