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Being thankful

Today is Thanksgiving in the US. While our American friends will be tucking into their turkey and pumpkin pie, for many of us here, it’s just another normal Thursday.

A useful reminder

But that doesn’t mean we can’t take some time today to think about things we are thankful for. Doing this helps to remind us of what we have and of the good things in our lives. It’s not always easy to identify positive things, but taking time to do so can benefit our mental health, especially if we make a habit of it and do it regularly.

Giving thanks

Today I am grateful for my friends and family, for the hot cup of tea beside me, and the warm jumper I’m wearing (brrr, it’s cold and wet out there today….!)

Helpful tips

If you’re finding it difficult to think of things you are grateful for, we have a few tips that might help:

  • Write it down – keep a list and when you think of something good or if you find something or someone who makes you smile, keep a note. Using a journal or diary for this will help to keep all your notes together and over time you can watch the list of good things in your life grow.
  • Think about your strengths – what are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Write down everything, and not just the stuff other people think you’re good at, or want you to be good at. What do you think are your strong points?
  • Offer help – being kind to others is a good way to be and it can also make us feel good about ourselves. If you know someone is in need, don’t be afraid to offer support. It’s a nice thing to do, especially as people sometimes find it hard to ask for help.
  • Mindfulness – this is a bit of a buzz word at the moment, but it’s really about paying attention to what’s going on in the moment. Too often we are caught up thinking about the past or the future. Being aware of the present can help us to notice the enjoyment we get, even from the little things.
  • Give someone a compliment or say thank you – it won’t cost you a thing and it might even give someone else something to write in their gratitude journal!
  • Connect – friends can be a great source of support as well as people who are fun to be around. Keep up contact with friends  and maybe today let them know that you are thankful for them.

 

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