How can you manage stress? You could exercise. Or you could take expensive trips to the spa or a pricey vacation.
However, National Association of Social Workers member Ashley Davis Bush, MSW, LCSW, wrote in this blog in Huffington Post that being grateful can be the cheapest and surest way to relieve stress.
Gratitude is the antidote to our most stressful thoughts. In an environment of gratitude, negative emotions cannot thrive. Dr. Robert Emmons, a positive psychologist, has shown how practicing gratitude can raise your “happiness level.” Neuroscientist Rick Hanson, Ph.D., promotes the practice of “taking in the good” because it deactivates our bodies’ stress response and counteracts anxiety and depressive moods.
Focusing our stressed minds on the things that we’re grateful for is like dousing a fire with cool water. Gratitude is habit-forming. With some practice, we can develop the habit of turning our attention to the plethora of blessings in our lives. Gratitude is not about ignoring the hard things in life; it is about honoring the gifts.
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