Give thanks. It's a simple command, but one that is sometimes hard to put into practice. When it comes to addiction treatment, giving thanks can be a difficult task, but it will provide many benefits. The key to gratitude and recovery is acknowledging the good things and being content with one's situation.
Gratitude and Recovery Success
Negative thinking and the absence of gratitude leads to self absorption, selfishness, and depression. This is a huge problem for someone in recovery. Addiction naturally causes a person to be negative and selfish, and by allowing those negative thought patterns to continue, recovery is difficult.
Gratitude, on the other hand, helps promote positive thinking, which has physical and mental health benefits. It helps ward off depression and anxiety, improves sleep patterns, helps prevent sickness, and promotes recovery.
Being thankful for the things you have will improve your mood, make you more satisfied with your life, and give you a more positive outlook on the future. Gratitude in recovery means you will be able to face challenges better, work more easily with others, and see positive results in your recovery.
Gratitude is something we should all strive for, but too often, we don't feel very happy about the things around us or the hand we have been dealt. What then? What if you have suffered from abuse, neglect, dysfunctional relationships, or trauma? What if you don't feel like your life has been something to be thankful for? Well then, it is time to work on your gratitude.
Developing Gratitude in Recovery
There are ways to improve your gratitude. Keep a gratitude journal where you record all the things you have to be thankful for. Practice meditation or prayer to help your mind focus on the things in life that are important. Surround yourself with positive people, and stop comparing yourself and your life with others. In a very short time, you will find that your gratitude is a blessing to your recovery and that you are a happier person.
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