Practicing Gratitude When It’s Hard To Be Grateful

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Practicing gratitude is easy when you feel good about things. But what if you don’t feel grateful? Get the solution to that on HealthyPlace.

Practicing Gratitude When It’s Hard To Be Grateful

Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness for someone or something in your life. However, what if you just don’t feel grateful? When you’re wrestling with mental health challenges, relationship problems, or other stressors, it can be difficult to find something for which to be thankful. It’s in difficult times like these, though, that cultivating gratitude is more important than ever.

Believe it or not, gratitude doesn’t always start with a feeling. It’s also not even a thought, at least not at first. Gratitude is a neutral observation that comes with a sense of openness to possibilities. Begin to notice things about yourself and your world in new ways. When your mind gravitates to the negative, gently shift your attention to something positive. This is the beginning of gratitude, the simple noticing of the good.

Gratitude is empowering because it’s a choice. Shifting your focus is a choice you make, and in practicing this, you’re honing a skill. Gratitude is the ability to purposefully shift your attention to the positive when mental illness wants you to focus on the negative.

Thanksgiving is approaching. Even if it’s not a good day for you, turn it into your own personal day of gratitude by choosing to shift your perspective.

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Peterson, T. (2018, November 13). Practicing Gratitude When It’s Hard To Be Grateful, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 18 from

Last Updated: November 13, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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