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How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude and Why It’s Important in the Fight Against Anxiety


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How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude and Why It’s Important in the Fight Against Anxiety

Have you ever met someone so charismatic with a zest for life that you just wanted to get know them more? People with a positive attitude are generally more likeable and others are naturally drawn to them. They have this special charisma that invites you in. This works because they have a unique ability to take every negative experience or situation and turn it into something positive and can express gratitude for it.

Without gratitude life can be lonely, depressing or full of anger. Gratitude can enrich your life and improve your emotional and physical health. It energizes, inspires and transforms your life, relationships, health and can play important role in your success.

Gratitude is easy when life is going great. But can you give thanks when things are going awry? Being able to find the good in situations and practicing gratitude can help you develop coping skills to get you through the tough times. It’s in those moments when we should cling to gratitude and recognize the goodness in life.

Gratitude can instantly make things a little better. It’s a coping mechanism that millions use every day to deal with the challenges in this life, and it works! In order to truly cultivate an attitude of gratitude it takes active practice. Your efforts need to be deliberate and you must seek out the things around you that are good and working well.

Start with recognizing the things in life that are good; a roof over your head, food to eat, having friends to call, your children or your spouse. When life throws something your way, force yourself to pause and notice the good around you. Give thanks for that. It only takes a minute to shift your mind to a calmer and better place. At that moment you will be more equipped to deal with the challenge ahead.

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude with generosity and helping others. Chances are someone else is dealing with some stress or troubles and could use support. Acts of giving are great for boosting mood and putting our own lives into perspective. It can help us appreciate our own surroundings better.

Do something every day that you are good at. Self-confidence has a positive effect on the brain and your emotional well-being. There are times when it seems nothing is going right but if you take the time to accomplish something that you do well, you’ll have a renewed spirit. Remind yourself often of what you are good at and practice self-love daily.

Gratitude improves our overall health, helps up to develop meaningful relationships, complements our personality and contributes to successful careers. Whether you choose to write it down or shout it to the rooftops, purposely cultivate this attitude of gratitude and let it transform your heart, mind and life.

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  1. 1
    Dotty J Boucher

    I love this, because I have a huge anxiety problem , I notice just recently that it has gone down a huge amount do to reading my Bible, meditating, exercising, ..

    1. 1.1

      I’m so glad it is going down Dotty! Especially this time of year when it goes up. Keep doing what you are doing.

  2. 2

    Thanks for the tips. They are very helpful.

  3. 3
    Tamra Phelps

    I agree that it’s important to be grateful for all that we have in our lives. I can have a tendency to go to a dark place once in a while, but I try to lift myself out of it. It usually works!

    1. 3.1

      It’s great Tamra that you recognize when you are getting too far into a dark place. So many don’t and they stay there…

  4. 4
    Lyndsey R.

    Never really thought about it like that. But this is all very true.

  5. 5

    These are great tips. I’m working on learning to cope with my anxiety. Thanks for the pointers!

    1. 5.1

      Your welcome!

  6. 6

    I just feel that once you adopt an attitude of gratitude you start looking at so many things from a healthier point of view.

    1. 6.1

      Very good point Lori!

  7. 7
    molli taylor

    this is so challenging , especially now, but it definitely helps with your mental health/ thanks for the reminder

    1. 7.1

      Your welcome Molli…it does take time to train and make one’s mind rethink.

  8. 8
    Judy Thomas

    Thank you. My teen daughter suffers from anxiety and I will try to encourage her to do this with me 🙂

  9. 9
    Kathy Ross

    It is a good thing to have gratitude! I try really hard, especially since I have depression. And I have to say positive people are definitely more like able!

    1. 9.1

      Thanks for sharing that Kathy!

  10. 10
    Terry Poage

    I agree with what you are saying. I have such a bad habit of focusing on all the bad in the world and not the good which leaves me so sad.

    1. 10.1

      The news can get me down Terry! I have to take a break cause it is so habit forming but such a downer!

  11. 11

    I think this is a wonderful message. There are so many things on a daily basis that can (and may) go wrong. It is easy to focus on those items. When I am grateful, even for the less than great things, I find that I am more grounded and feel happier then when I just stagger through my day. Thanks for reminding me.

    1. 11.1

      Thanks for sharing Kelly!

  12. 12
    Linda Manns Linneman

    This is so true. I thank God I am a Christian and I am so truly blessed. Things do get tough and I do have to look at all the blessings from above. There are so many. Thank you so much for sharing this

    1. 12.1

      Your welcome Linda. Many times only my Christian faith gets me through!

  13. 13
    Terry Poage

    Thanks for the tips. They are all very helpful.

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