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What, Me? Thankful? part 7

November 27, 2022

Wrapping this up, again all still from the Harvard School of Medicine —

PREVIOUSLY Write a thank-you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank-you letter or email expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.

AND Thank someone mentally. No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank the individual.

AND Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you’ve received each day.

AND Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as three to five things — that you will identify each week. As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.

AND Pray. People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.

TO CONCLUDE Meditate. 

Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment.

Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as “peace”), it is also possible to focus on what you’re grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.).

— As always, I’d love to hear from about how you’re incorporating one or more of these into your life.

Please hit me up, using any of today’s regular platforms.

See you back here tomorrow.

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