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3rd of 5 from 10 Secrets People in Recovery Know

May 19, 2020

Gratitude is an action word.

Remembering what we still have and the ways in which we’re fortunate can be a great buffer against hardship. Those early in recovery sometimes struggle to break free of the assumption that “everything is awful.” Listing things to be grateful for challenges that assumption and encourages perseverance.

Gratitude is an open-hearted, feel-good emotion that can supersede fear and prevent catastrophizing. When we are grateful for what we have, it inspires us to pass it on. Want to get started? Write a letter to someone you appreciate. Send it. Try listing out what you are grateful for. The benefits of gratitude accumulate over time, so try making it a regular practice!


“In everything give thanks.” — 1st Thessalonians 5:18

That word “everything” means “everything.”

And for you today, it means….?

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