Gratitude Is Good for You
How do you show gratitude? It can feel like a chore when you’re feeling blue, but there’s a good reason to do so, even if skies aren’t so sunny.
Research shows that finding and nurturing gratitude in our lives can yield many benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Consider the following ways to focus on the positive.
Create a gratitude journal—Make time each day or week to write. Start with three things you are grateful for. Or, create themes of thankfulness, like:
- Naming three things of a certain color, then work your way through the rainbow.
- Reflecting on something you tasted, smelled, touched, saw or heard.
Fill a happiness jar—Instead of journaling, fill a jar or vase with notes.
- Take note of a special memory or when something makes you smile or laugh in the moment and place it in the jar.
- After the jar fills up, choose a note to read at the end of each day or week to remember how you felt.
Celebrate mindful moments—Find a way to practice mindfulness. Some ideas:
- As you go to sleep or wake up, reflect on what you’re grateful for.
- Take a walk without distractions. See what you notice by pausing to pay attention.
We Are Grateful for…YOU!
Your acts of gratitude for what we do make it possible to continue our work—today and for years to come. If you would like to learn how you can extend your support for the AMCP Foundation, please contact Paula J. Eichenbrenner, MBA, CAE at 703.684.2600 ext. 605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in AMCP Foundation’s planned giving newsletter, Aligning Tomorrow’s Pathways, May 2021.