Several studies have examined the association between gratitude on psychological and physical health and life satisfaction.
Basically the studies randomize asymptomatic subjects or those with various physical illnesses into 2 groups…
Group 1: To write a daily gratitude list
Group 2: To write about neutral life events
Subjects in both groups are also assigned to keep daily records of their moods and their various physical symptoms for 1-3 months.
They consistently demonstrate that those assigned to the gratitude condition have significant improvements in their moods, coping skills, health behaviors, physical symptoms, and overall quality of life.
Life application: This exercise is not just for your patients, but for yourself. Make a point of writing or texting 3 positive experiences in your day to yourself or to someone close to you. For best results, the positive experiences should ideally be simple events and experiences.
1) I walked the dog in the park, and loved it
2) Made a new vegetarian chili recipe, yummy
3) Called Joe and had a great conversation
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings”.
-William Arthur Ward
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”