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Mental Health And The Holidays: Resilience

Joel Streed
Mayo Clinic News Network

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Can you practice gratitude? Lisa Hardesty, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System psychologist says “Even though simply thinking of what makes you grateful in life sounds easy enough, you should actually treat it like a muscle you’re building or a new habit you’re forming.”

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Q: People who are grateful seem to appreciate life and be much happier, regardless of their external circumstances. This time of year, and after what we’ve all endured during the COVID-19 pandemic, practicing gratitude seems especially important and especially difficult. What’s your advice on how to practice gratitude?

A: It is absolutely true that counting your blessings each day has been shown to significantly increase your happiness and even your physical health. In addition to helping you get more sleep, practicing gratitude can boost your immunity, build relationships and connectedness, and positively improve your mental health.

“Even though simply thinking of what makes you grateful in life sounds easy enough, you should actually treat it like a muscle you’re building or a new habit you’re forming,” says Lisa Hardesty, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System psychologist. “Your goal should be to move your mind to thinking about gratitude occasionally to making it second nature in your life.

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