Our recovery tip today is Gratitude. I know some of you out there are rolling your eyes because you’re tired of hearing about gratitude and people being grateful especially during times like this. The last thing you want to do is make a list of things you’re grateful for.

There are tons of proven benefits to practicing being grateful. From reducing depression and anxiety, helping recover from substance abuse, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure, improving relationships, and so on. There are a few easy ways to do that!

One is to make a gratitude list. A good practice for me is to wake up in the morning, get centered, say a prayer, set my intentions for the day, and just write out my gratitude list. It’s a great practice to start the day with. If you’re doubting it, I would encourage you to just give it a shot and see if your mood starts to change. Just like anything else, gratitude takes practice. This is something that I always have to keep at the front of my mind, and just remember that happy people aren’t grateful, grateful people are happy.

So, take a second, think of 5 to 10 things that you’re grateful for and write them down or share them with somebody. Tell somebody that you are grateful for, why you’re grateful for them, and I promise you’ll start to feel better.