It’s no secret that shifting our focus to what we’re thankful for can lead to huge benefits in mental health. It may sound a bit silly, but the results are significant and measurable. The biggest changes happen when you write down what you’re thankful for, and when it becomes a regular habit for you. Here we share three sources for more information on this magical-sounding shift in perspective, along with easy ways to start your own gratitude practice. The best news? It doesn’t have to cost a thing!
An Antidote to Dissatisfaction – Kurzgesagt
This youtube episode is one of many topics this channel has distilled down “in a nutshell” to explain difficult concepts to audiences of all ages. It’s short and kid-friendly!
Reasons to be Grateful – The Happiness Lab
Start with this episode of Yale professor and host Dr. Laurie Santos’ podcast series to learn the best techniques and reasons why — according to evidence based science — a gratitude practice is beneficial for everyone.
The Little Book of Gratitude – Robert A Emmons Phd
Short, simple, and easy to follow, this book is one of the best jumping off points for those who are serious about improving their mental health, and creating a positive ripple effect. Written by gratitude expert, Dr. Robert A Emmons, it also includes an 8-week gratitude plan.
Write it Down Make it a Habit
- Pocket Sized Notepad Keep one of these on hand in your purse or the car to jot down what you’re grateful for on the go.
- Index Cards 3×5 cards are cheap and easy to manage. Hand one to each family member to note their own feelings of gratitude at the moment.
- Fall leaves Collect and write a word on each as you notice what you’re grateful for.
Journal A gratitude journal makes a wonderful gift for friends of any age. Purchase this one at shop-us.kurzgesagt.org
Christmas Ornaments Made from paper, gift wrap, fabric, or wood.
Pumpkins Pumpkins and gourds are perfect for adding one word per day – splurge on the fancy metallic marker for this one.
Acorns Pecans and other tiny pieces of nature can collect many thanks when you write one word on each.
- Popsicle Sticks Kid friendly!