It’s been way too long since my last post. Time for some updates!
Monday, I went to my ITTP class, and we were discussing gratitude journals. I must admit, I missed last Wednesday’s class – and I didn’t know we were talking about this subject. Meanwhile, in my last post I had mentioned that I was going to be keeping a gratitude journal on my own. It’s wonderful when you get your homework done, without knowing it was homework! Side point- how come this never happened to me in high school?
It’s been hit or miss – writing down what I’m grateful for hasn’t happened every day – but thanks to the efforts of a great friend (Darla!) she has at least made me stop and think momentarily about my blessings. She’s taken it upon herself to send me snapchats or FB messages each day, telling me what she is grateful for. I promise I’m going to do a better job of replying – you’ll see!
All of this is leading into an article I discovered on psychologytoday.com – 7 Benefits of Gratitude. Now, I haven’t been actively keeping track of my gratitude for long enough to see all of the benefits personally, but every one of these makes sense. Better relationships, improved physical health, improved psychological health, enhanced empathy and reduced aggression, better sleep, improved self-esteem, and increased mental health.
Doesn’t it make sense that instead of complaining about the things you don’t have, or what you think you deserve, developing an “attitude of gratitude” is a pretty simple way to open the door to happiness in life?
CBT class again tomorrow, and I am sad to say that there aren’t that many sessions left. I have enjoyed each day I’ve been there. Sure, it cuts into my day, and the stuff I am learning is not rocket science. But I’m learning how to think through situations properly, to reason with myself, to calm myself – and I’ll be sorry when it’s all done. At the beginning, 12 sessions seemed like a short time to learn anything beneficial, also a long amount of time to commit to. Now, I wish it could continue. Just sitting there, talking, and having someone help me to get out of my own thought patterns – it’s pretty great.
Happy Tuesday night everyone, and please remember to check out my FB page !