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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, while safely distancing and wearing masks.

Write a letter to a frontline hero.

Send a letter to a hero serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic (at your local hospital, nursing home, school or grocery store) or in the military, either via mail or electronically.

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. Or try this gratefulness app.

Dealing with Grief?

For some of us it is hard to be grateful at this time. Many of us are facing different types of loss at this time. We may experience loss of control, loss of income or a job, or loss of connection with family and friends. Many of us have lost someone we love to COVID-19. Seek help and find resources here.

Page Last Reviewed: April 16, 2021

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