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Mindfulness Moments with Michele and Jen!
Written by Counseling Faculty, Michele DeCanio (pictured above, left) and Jennifer
Rojek Schullo (pictured above, right)
Hey there! So, we have either been working from home or completing online coursework for the past two months. The semester, or school year, is coming to a close for most. This may not be the graduation or summer you were hoping for but it is important to reflect on what you are thankful for. At this moment, we want you to reflect on what you are grateful for. What expectations of “normal” are you letting go of today and just being grateful?
The more you bring your attention to what you are thankful for, you will notice more things around you for which you are grateful. Building your capacity for gratitude can take practice, but it isn’t that hard to do. Expressing gratitude has a wide range of benefits including strengthening your immune system, feeling optimistic, experiencing more joy, and feeling less lonely and isolated. Practicing gratitude is good for you, your relationships, and for humanity.
Gratitude practice is just being thankful for the good in our lives. Gratitude practice provides great rewards in compassion, happiness, and mindfulness. Every day, acknowledge something you are grateful for. Gratitude journaling (keeping a journal of things you are grateful for) has a powerful effect on your overall well-being. Journaling about gratitude can reduce stress, increase happiness, and improve self-esteem.
Try gratitude journaling today! Tonight, and every night, take a few minutes to write down a few good things about your day. Focus on the positive. What was the best part of your day? What was a fun experience that you had? What was something you were proud of? They can be major events such as getting through a difficult challenge or just simple things such as eating a good meal or talking with a friend.
For other journaling and gratitude exercises, check out: https://positivepsychology.com/gratitude-exercises/
“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette
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