For those of us on the path to sobriety, there are millions of reasons to have gratitude. And acknowledging them all – no matter how big or small — on Thanksgiving day and every day can help you be healthier, happier and more resilient in your recovery.
To reap the benefits, say experts, you’ll need to do more than just say thanks or send a perfunctory text message. You need to count your blessings every day – whether via a morning or nighttime meditation routine or gratitude journal – and make a real effort to appreciate the good things, including that Thanksgiving turkey next week.
Once you make gratitude a daily ritual, you’ll likely notice the following benefits:
- You’ll feel happier. In one study, researchers asked participants to write down one thing that they were grateful for every day for three weeks. The result: They reported being 25 percent happier for a full six months after the practice.
- You’ll be healthier. People who are grateful tend to take better care of themselves and their overall health. In fact, studies have found that grateful folks exercise about 33 percent more and sleep an extra half hour per night. And gratitude experts say this self-care helps boost energy levels, too.
- You’ll be more resilient. Having an attitude of gratitude helps you seek out the good and positive side of situations and reminds you why you’re working so hard for a sober life. And, in turn, this helps you bounce back easier from any emotional wallops or triggers along the way.
Cultivating Gratitude With Recovery Activities
At 10 Acre Ranch, we provide a range of recovery activities to help teach you or someone you love to become empowered, self-sufficient, self-aware and grateful for a chance at a sober life. To learn more, call today: 877-228-4679.