By Mary Beth Sammons
By focusing on what we’re thankful for – and saying thank you – even the most difficult times can create feelings of love, compassion and hope.
Here are 10 tips for saying thanks and cultivating a grateful heart:
- Be grateful and recognize the things others have done to help you.
- When you say “Thank you” tell the person specifically what it is you appreciate and why you appreciate it.
- Post a “thank you to all” on your CarePages; and/or send individual emails to those on your CP community.
- Send a hand-written thank you note. These are noteworthy because so few of us take time to write and mail them.
- Think thoughts of gratitude – two or three good things that happened today – and notice a calm settle through your head, at least for a moment. It activates a part of the brain that floods the body with endorphins, or feel-good hormones.
- Remember the ways your life has been made easier or better because of others’ efforts. Be aware of the good things, large and small, going on around you and acknowledge them.
- Keep a gratitude journal or set aside time each day or evening to list the things/people you’re grateful for today. The list may start out short, but will grow as you notice more of the good things around you.
- Being grateful shakes you out of self-absorption and helps you recognize those who’ve done wonderful things for you. Expressing that gratitude continues to draw those people into your sphere.
- Remember this: “When you learn teach, when you get, give.” – Maya Angelou.
- Join forces to do good. If you have survived illness or loss, you may want to reach out to others to help as a way of showing gratitude for those who reached out to you.