The Importance of Gratitude in Mental Health
Following on from yesterday’s missive, I thought it might be a good idea to revisit the ideal of gratitude when it comes to mental health. Most of us were taught when we were children that it was the polite thing to do to thank people who have done nice things for us. I am not saying that we don’t stop this as we get older. What I am saying is that we often forget that even the little things which make life worth while is worth being thankful for.
Even something as a smile from a friend is worthy of being thankful for. When one considered that there are many people in the world who are lacking some kind of human connection, it is important not to forget that those of us fortunate enough to have healthy connections and relationships to not take them for granted. I am thankful for the friends and family that I have and though I do not say it often enough, thank you for being there for me. Know that even though I do not say it often, it is always somewhere in my heart. Why not go out today to express your gratitude for those nearest and dearest to you.