Appreciation & Well-being

Gratitude and Grit: How Practicing Appreciation Can Help Your Well-being

By Simone McKitterick, NAMI Intern

A study in the April 2013 edition of the Journal of Research in Personality examined the role of gratitude and grit in reducing suicidal thoughts in college students. Grit was defined as having long-term interests and passions and a willingness to push past setbacks in order to progress toward goals. Researchers found that the application of grit and gratitude together helped teach people to appreciate the good aspects in life, as well as accept and overcome frustrations.

Esperanza published an article on how to practice gratitude in your daily life. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep a gratitude journal. Entries don’t need to be extensive; even listing one or two things is fine. If you’re having a harder day, it sometimes helps to go back through the journal and look at past entries for inspiration and reminders.
  • Visual reminders. Post pictures of loved ones or meaningful experiences in places where you can see them regularly. Creating a gratitude wall or scrapbook is also a good way to do this.
  • Practicing spirituality. Attending services and prayer have been associated with psychological well-being and positive coping strategies. It doesn’t matter if you belong to an organized religion or not: secular meditation on things you’re thankful for can cultivate positive emotions.

Find out more from Esperanza Magazine about how to push past setbacks and reach your goals.

Copyright Date: 11/06/2014

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