Gratitude has been in health news more and more in the past year, and with good reason. The research that has come forth on the simple act of “counting your blessings” is making a huge impact on the mental health field. Just writing down what you’re grateful for each day can have lasting positive effects on your mood!
Now more than ever, with the fear and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for us as individuals and family units to take control over our physical and psychological health to the best of our abilities. Gratitude might be one of the most simplistic and effective means of improving your mental health and overall mood! Here are a few ways you can start reaping the benefits!
The Gratitude Journal
Get a journal or notebook and a pen and place it by your bed, on your desk, or where you have your morning coffee, somewhere that can be part of your daily routine. Jot down 2 or 3 things your grateful for (a hot shower, your coffee, your pet, sunshine, anything). You don’t even have to share it with anyone for this practice to be effective! These are just for you unless you want to share them!
Star a Gratitude Challenge
Take it online and get your friends and family to join in! Create a social media post challenging you and your friends to post one gratitude every day for a week, month, or however long you want it to go! You can post a video of yourself saying what you’re grateful for, or a photo or just type it out! #Gratitude
Another fun way to practice gratitude and even get kids involved is to write your gratitudes on thin strips of paper and fold them into origami stars! Check out this link for a tutorial. You can use colored paper and collect all the stars in a glass jar. This is a great way to teach children about gratitude and gives a beautiful visual account of all you’re grateful for!
On behalf of The William Team, we would like to express our gratitude to all of our guests, past and present, for your business. It is a privilege to serve you and we are grateful to each and every one of you.