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- Rebecca Hauder

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Cultivate a Spirit of Gratitude

Cultivate a Spirit of Gratitude

November 12, 2018

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was 'thank you,'
that would suffice."  ~
Meister Eckhart

Gratitude is an appropriate topic as we approach Thanksgiving in the U.S. And, actually, it's a relevant topic anytime! Noticing, then acknowledging, the things we appreciate in others, in ourselves, and in our day-to day living is a great antidote to unhappiness and depression! And study after study proves the physical health benefits as well, including an improved ability to fight off infection!

A powerful way to nurture a grateful heart is to write down five big or little joys at the end of each day. Your list might include a hot shower, a lunchtime walk, a meaningful encounter, a compliment received, or your own handling of a difficult situation. To demonstrate your gratefulness to others, particularly those who assist and support you, regularly acknowledge their positive qualities. And don't overlook the person(s) for whom you're giving care; they too need recognition, perhaps for their patience, humor, cooperation, positive attitude, or for what they have taught you.

Until Next Time,  

 Rebecca S. Hauder, RN, LCPC,


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