Thankfulness, or gratitude is the feeling of being happy or grateful because of something.
According to Psychology Today, practicing thankfulness can effectively increase happiness and reduce feelings of depression. So, how can you make practicing thankfulness part of your day?
Here are three tips for practicing thankfulness based on advice shared by Mindful.Com:
- Keep a Gratitude Journal: Each day, remind yourself of the good things that you are thankful for and write them down. If you’re feeling down one day, you can always look back and remind yourself of the things you have to be thankful for.
- Come to Your Senses. Through our senses—the ability to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear—we gain an appreciation of what it means to be human and the miracle of life. You may be grateful for the sight of blue skies, the sound of children’s laughter, or the taste of a great meal. Focus on the positives.
- Share Your Gratitude with Others. Research has found that expressing gratitude can strengthen relationships. So the next time your partner, friend or family member does something you appreciate, be sure to let them know.
We want to put the last point in to practice so we’re asking you to share with us someone you are thankful for and why. It could be a family member, a colleague, a neighbour or someone else who has done something to make you smile. Head over to our posts on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn and let us know what, or who, you are thankful for and why.
At Trivallis, we are so thankful for the amazing Hometown Heroes that have gone above and beyond to support people across our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are thankful for Josh, an engineer from Tonyrefail, who used his 3D printer to create PPE for frontline workers. Chantelle, a cleaner from Tonypandy, who brought her community together to tackle loneliness and isolation in times of crisis. Dawn, an organisational manager of a charity from Blaenllechau, who found new ways to support people with learning disabilities during lockdown. Claire, a working mam from Maerdy who supported vulnerable neighbours by doing shopping for them after her shifts in the local supermarket.
To find out more about our Hometown Heroes and get inspired to feel thankful for the amazing people in your community, visit the Trivallis Hometown Heroes Hall of Fame.
If you or someone you know is struggling, we want you to know you are not alone and there is help and support out there to access. Reach out to someone you trust, a doctor or mental health charity to discuss how you are feeling.
If you need support from Trivallis, please contact us.
For more wellbeing advice and support, check out #TrivallisWeekofWellbeing on our website and social media.
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