Join us as we practice a week of gratitude. As Dr. Stacey prepares for an exciting move to practice at Tonume and Vitae, and as I prepare for my next steps I wanted to mark this moment in time with creating a collaborative practice of gratitude, am I’m hoping you will join in.
“People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems.” – Derrick Carpenter
Practicing gratitude is not just about the momentous occasions. Look at your everyday, the mundane. What were you thankful for today? Was it that delicious bite of ice cream? Or a moment of quiet while everyone else was asleep? The Harvard Health blog Healthbeat recently wrote,
Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
In stepping outside ourselves we can also contribute to the well-being of our community. An individual reflexive act that becomes an act to connect us with others. I just love that!
Additionally, many studies have found a correlation between practice gratitude and the participants feeling of happiness, and increased optimism. Researchers in this field have linked practicing gratitude with an improvement for an individual’s overall well-being. And, as with many things related to improving our well-being this is a practice, like a workout. Meaning this is something to do regularly and to develop as part of your routine. Over time it can be found that your mental state will begin to grow stronger.
There are many different ways you can begin and keep up this practice.
- Write a thank-you note; once in a while write yourself one too!
- Thank someone mentally; maybe you don’t have time to write a note, or maybe that person was a stranger. Say thank you and why you are grateful for them in your head.
- Keep a gratitude journal; write in it daily as part of your routine.
- Create a gratitude jar, when something happens and you are grateful write it down and put it in the jar. This is a great way to also be present in the moment. Choose a specific date that you will empty the jar and read back your pieces, reliving the moments and feeling of gratitude. You can even create a family gratitude jar and make this part of your routine together.
As with many moments in life, ending a chapter and starting a new one, following a new path, however you want to phrase these points of change, they are met with mixed emotions. While this year has been very challenging for many people and for many different reasons, this year has also highlighted what we have that we can be grateful for. And, I have found that reminding myself of these things helps me get through the harder days.
I shared last week that being at Eastpoint has been uplifting in a time of social isolation to see everyone at Eastpoint, I am grateful to see the smiling eyes of so many wonderful, and interesting people. I am also grateful to be part of creating a space where people get care and work on healing. Dr. Stacey, Anne, I am grateful to you for your years of dedication to this practice to make it a space where people, myself included, feel safe and cared-for.
Our Week of Gratitude
This week we will be reflecting on what we are grateful for, both here at Eastpoint and in our lives outside this space. Join us as we practice gratitude this week. We have created a Gratitude Board in the clinic that we will be adding to. And each day we will post on social media about gratitude. Join us by commenting on our posts and we will add your comments to our gratitude board in the clinic. Not on social media and would like to participate? Share something you are thankful for by emailing the office and we will add it to the board for you.