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How to practice gratitude

Learn about the practice of gratitude journaling and the positive impact that it can have on your wellbeing.

Gratitude journaling is a helpful tool for coping with difficult situations, including navigating life after cancer. Gratitude can be taken for granted, but for those who practice regularly and with intention, it can have a positive impact on their outlook and general wellbeing.

As you face hurdles and obstacles in your life, it can be hard to notice and recognise the good things around you, this is where gratitude comes in.

A lot of research is going on looking at gratitude and how it supports mental health and wellbeing. Studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately cultivated but can increase levels of well-being and happiness among those who do cultivate it.

"Grateful thinking is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy."

Consistency is key with gratitude, as daily journaling will encourage you to open up yourself to seeing things that you may previously not been aware of, such as the beauty of your morning commute or looking for the positives in an other wise difficult situation.

Waking up each day or going to bed with a gratitude journal, noting down the things that you are grateful for, can help take the focus away the negative emotions you may be experiencing. As gratitude journaling becomes a regular practice, you will start to notice more and more to be grateful for.

Gratitude journaling is a practice that if done regularly and with intention can help us change our mindset for the better.

By having a record of the things in your life you are grateful for, you can go back and review them when you life is tough and when feeling grateful is a challenge.

Alternatively, you could try writing your gratitudes on paper and placing in a jar. A gratitude jar is a fun way to create a visual reminder of all that you are grateful for in your life, a tangible object that you can see growing over time.

Having a journal or a jar to record and store the things you are thankful for allows you to have a positive resource to dip in to when you are having a hard day and need reminding of the good things in your life.

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