Starting the day with an Attitude of Gratitude is one of the simplest of recovery tools, and one that continually proves to be the most powerful. A growing body of evidence from Positive Psychology researchers confirms that making a daily list of things for which you are grateful for can significantly improve your attitude, performance and emotional resilience. These findings are the basis of the evidence-based techniques used in treatment today.
What We Take For Granted
Simply put, we take MOST THINGS for granted on a daily basis. The average person in the U.S. spends most of his/her time evaluating the things they don’t have. The U.N. reports that the average American enjoys a higher quality of life, as measured by life expectancy, global health, & standard of living than 95% of the world’s population. For the most part, American’s reap the rewards of safe permanent housing, clean water to drink, fresh healthy foods, abundant clothing, safety from political persecution, access to good healthcare, freedom of speech and religious practice, and economic opportunity.
So Why Do I Feel So Bad?
When struggling with addiction, there remains a void in our hearts. That void is usually filled with self-serving needs often leading to isolation, deprivation and despair. As the void grew bigger, we became consumed with what we did not have and lost sight of what we did. Writing a daily gratitude list helps us adjust our sight, and remind us, of just how good we really have it. Focusing on what we are grateful for has an automatic response in the brain and changes the “stinking thinking”.
What do I do now?
Create a daily Gratitude List! Find a quiet spot, morning or evening, and write down 10 things for which you feel grateful. Don’t over think it and be honest. Find the beauty in the simplest of things. If you do this on a daily basis, you’ll find a new perspective and a new smile!