Gratitude is a form of self care that can help keep us grounded in the present.
Instead of feeling anxious for the future or regretting the past, looking at life through the lens of gratitude can help us focus on the present moment. Sally Hewitt, from Aging Gratefully, joined Mike to talk about gratitude as a form of self-care. Through scientific research gratitude has been broken down into 3 components:
1. Acknowledgment of the gift that’s given
2. Acknowledgement of the goodness of the giver
3. Recognition that the gift is un-earned
Although we won’t always feel grateful looking at life through that lens of gratitude can help us get through difficult times. Twelve years ago, Sally lost her husband Russell. Although she was not grateful for his passing, recognising the kindness from her family and friends helped manage her grief.
“The thing with grief is that you never actually get over it. I’ll always grieve Russell, of course I will. But living through this lens of being grateful, this lens of what I have and how much has been given me, shifts how I’m able to live with my grief.”
You can practice gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal. At the end of the day write down 3 things you are grateful for. If you can’t think of 3 things trying writing 1 things you’re grateful for and explain why. Practicing gratitude as a form of self-care, will brings us into the present day.
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