For many, this time of year encourages reflection. As the year nears its end, we often reflect on the days that have passed and what may come. During this time of reflection, considering and honoring those things for which we are grateful can be an exercise in positive mental health.
Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for those things that we receive in life from the tangible to the intangible. As noted by the Harvard Medical School, “With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.”
Positive psychology research highlights the association between gratitude and greater happiness. This is association in the research is strong and consistent. Harvard Medical School notes, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
Throughout the month of November, Life in Balance will focus on gratitude and its profound effects on psychological well being.