Gratefulness: warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing: Grateful, thankful describe an appreciative attitude for what one has received.

As the holiday season approaches, many people find it difficult to identify things in their life for which they are grateful. Relationships may be in turmoil, employment difficulties may exist, finances may be strained, or families may be in conflict. The struggle becomes finding reasons to be grateful in the midst of emotional strife.

Gratitude includes saying “thank you” and being polite. But it is also expressed through acts of courtesy, generosity, appreciation and concern others. If you find it challenging to remain grateful during the holiday season, or any other time of year, look beyond the people, places, or things that trigger feelings of sadness and depressed mood.
Challenge yourself to identify new areas of focus that you can express appreciation for: waking up in the morning, feeling the sun on your face, the kind word from a stranger on the street...never stop challenging yourself to negate the negativity. Make it a habit to regularly express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life and begin taking back control of your emotional wellness! If you are having difficulty reasons to be grateful, I encourage you to visit our website at www.BrooklynMFT.com to learn more about our professional counseling services designed to help you successfully navigate this festive season!
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