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Practicing Gratitude Works

Practicing gratefulness may be the best kept secret to help reduce stress and feel better. Practicing gratitude everyday can have a significant benefit to our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Learn more about ways to practice gratitude and find resources that can help.

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Ideas for Practicing Gratitude

Think about why you are grateful for you.

Are you grateful for your good health? For the project that you completed? Be kind to yourself by being thankful for making it through a difficult year, even if you weren’t able to accomplish everything you wanted to.

Write a letter to a friend or call someone and tell them you are grateful for them and why.

Think of someone who did something or said something that changed your life for the better; Someone you never properly thanked; someone you may not have thought about or seen for a while. Write a letter of gratitude to this person.

Do a favor for someone you are grateful for, or if you can, consider volunteering.

Leave a meal, a plant or a card on a friend’s doorstep. Consider volunteering for an organization or activity where you can help others.

Start a Gratitude Journal.

Once a week, give yourself 10-15 minutes and write down people, places, objects, memories, or events you’re grateful for.

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