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FEELING THANKFUL ALL YEAR

SOURCE: WCIA

 

 

CHAMPAIGN — Jolie Carsten, Clinical Director with Elliott Counseling Group, explains the benefits of gratitude and expressing it throughout the year. 

What is gratitude?

* Expressing appreciation

* Focusing on what you have rather than what you want

What are the benefits of gratitude?

* Greater life satisfaction

* Increased self-confidence

* Higher self-esteem

* Improved resiliency

* Stronger immune system

* Improved sleep

* Decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety

* Stronger relationships

* Seen as more likable

* See world with more compassion and kindness

* Spend less time comparing self to other people

How to build gratitude into your daily life?

* Gratitude journal

* Affirmations

* Apps

* Gratitude jar

* Mealtimes

* Texts

* Sticky notes

* Random acts of kindness

* Thank a coworker

* Thank service providers

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