Attitude of Gratitude: How to Avoid Holiday Stress

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journalingThe good news is that holiday stress can be minimized. Having an attitude of gratitude can help us build emotional resilience. Gratitude can provide a sense of balance, and helps put things into perspective.

Expressing gratitude can improve your physical and mental health. By recognizing good things in your life, it allows you to momentarily step away from problems. You can better serve your families and improve your health if you change your mindset to be more positive or constructive.

Focusing on what you do have increases your self-esteem and brings more satisfaction and joy to your life. By feeling gratitude, your thoughts are free of negative emotions such as envy, frustration, resentment and regret.

thank youStaying positive doesn’t mean you ignore challenges or tough times, you just see the bright side as much as possible. What can you do to start living a more grateful life?

  • Write down your dreams and goals.
  • Say thank you to all the people who helped you through the week.
  • Take the time to slow down – slowing down allows you to think clearly about what is really important.
  • Keep a gratitude list and set aside time each day to write down at least three things for which you’re grateful.

Don’t stagnate in worry – move forward in gratitude!

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Dee Decker, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDee DeckerExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Dee Email Dee N.C. Cooperative Extension, Swain County Center
Updated on Dec 17, 2021
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