Did you know that November is National Gratitude Month? As Thanksgiving approaches, most of us realize that thankfulness should color the way we look at the world. But gratitude shouldn’t be relegated to November. In fact, psychologists believe that reaping the many benefits afforded by an attitude of gratitude requires embracing the emotion every day of the year. What’s more, gratitude does not exclusively relate to religion. No matter your theology, a thankful heart offers a wide range of perks. In fact, among the many physical, psychological, and social benefits of gratitude is optimism – which helps manage the challenges and stress which so often precede addiction.
Physical Benefits of Gratitud
Battling addiction can be a lonely business. Friends who have not yet decided to take control over their Drug of Choice (DOC) can be stumbling blocks on the road to sobriety. The answer for this is to develop relationships with people who are on the same journey. This is why MFI alumni so often remain close even after program completion. There is no need to face isolation. Focusing on the many things for which we have to be thankful make us infinitely more attractive than if we constantly complain. What’s more, gracious people tend to be more helpful, generous and compassionate than their whining peers. So, try to spend time with like-minded people this holiday season (and always!).
Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
How to replace negativity with gratefulness:
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