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Acknowledge‌ ‌That‌ ‌You’re‌ ‌Grateful‌

Many times, we go through life by going through the motions. We don’t think twice about what we’re doing, so we go on and on in our unhealthy ways. To be in the moment more, we must start acknowledging what we’re grateful for. “The simple act of focusing on the positives in your life can have a huge impact on your physical and mental well-being,” says Julie Bassett for Psychology Now. We know that no one can be happy and one hundred percent thankful all of the time — that’s an unrealistic expectation. You can, however, begin to take note of things you are grateful for. Start by making gratitude a habit. Being grateful helps you create a sense of contentment and fulfillment, according to Dr. Sarah Maynard, a clinical psychologist. We want to help you learn how to move past the barriers to gratitude by helping you keep a gratitude journal. Read on to find out.

Barriers to Gratitude

To be thankful, you must first figure out why you are not thankful. Negative thoughts are probably the biggest barrier to gratitude. Dr. Maynard calls negative thoughts, “velcro thoughts” because they grab onto your for survival. On the other hand, “Teflon thoughts” are positive thoughts because they are usually processed unconsciously. How you speak to yourself matters. If you wouldn’t use those words or that tone with eight-year-old you, why are you still talking to yourself that way? 

Keep a Gratitude Journal

Practicing writing out what you’re thankful for is a great idea for something to do every day. You don’t have to make it a big deal, either. (If you want to make an elaborate journal though, you can!) Once you’ve got some paper or a journal, write down ten things you are grateful for today. Go back to the journal every day and try to write down new things that you’re thankful for. Make sure you write something down every day. There are always things out there that you can be thankful for. Don’t overlook the small things. 

Villa Tranquil Recovery can help you work on your gratitude and getting rid of your negative thoughts. Our trained and experienced staff is ready to help. Call us now at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to speak with you.