During this part of the year, it’s normal to hear people talk about the things they are grateful for—but thankfulness shouldn’t be something you indulge in seasonally. There are numerous benefits to the active practice of gratitude year-round—in particular for those in recovery.

One way to be thankful during your addiction recovery is to keep a gratitude journal. Doing so is simple and doesn’t require much of a time commitment. We recommend pausing for a couple of minutes each morning, or before bed each evening, and simply writing down three to five things you’re thankful for that day. Of course, going above and beyond those three to five items is encouraged!

Why Keep a Gratitude Journal?

There is much practical benefit to keeping a gratitude journal. Here are just a few of the ways in which it can help you in your recovery.

  • It changes your perspective, and helps you see silver linings even in difficult times; it can make bad situations seem less daunting.
  • It helps you to appreciate all the little things you might otherwise take for granted—friends, work, hobbies, food on the table, etc.
  • Gratitude journaling can be a mood booster during times when you’re feeling glum.
  • It provides a sense of positivity that you can carry with you through trying times.
  • Finally, it can motivate you to give back, inspiring you to help others who maybe aren’t as far down their own road to recovery.

This is a practice you can start any time, with no training required. It’s as simple as sitting and thinking about the things you have to be thankful for. And this is the perfect season to get started. Try gratitude journaling before the season ends!

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