Our infamous Ilyse Steim’s last day is approaching. For anyone hoping to get on her table one last time at CIM needs to schedule before April 29th! Her massage therapy wisdom, expertise and knowledge will greatly be missed at the Center. She has truly been a gift and she leaves us with one last blog post. The topic is gratitude which is fitting because it goes without saying that we have nothing but gratitude for her and she will be missed.
Submitted by Ilyse Streim, Massage Therapist, Center for Integrative Medicine
Five Ways to Practice Gratitude by Tchiki David, Ph.D.
Need a gratitude boost? Try these practices.
It’s that time of year again when we’re supposed to be thankful for everything and everyone we have in our lives. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done. We know that practicing gratitude can help us have more enjoyable experiences and connect more easily with those around us. We just need a little help to kickstart the process.
Here are five ways to get started.
1. Make a gratitude list
An easy way to practice gratitude is to write a list of all the things you are grateful for. Try to think of as many things, people, places, etc., as you can. (e.g., family, health, creativity, etc.)
2. Write gratitude notes
Write out a few sticky notes to people who you are grateful for. Include one to two things you appreciate about them and stick the note on the bathroom mirror, their desk, car, or bag.
3. Write a gratitude letter to someone
Bring to mind someone who did something really wonderful for you. Write a letter to him/her describing just how thankful you are. Include details about how it made you feel and how it made you feel about them.
4. Track three good things
Each day for a week, write down three good things about your day. At the end of the week, review your list to remind yourself that you have a lot to be grateful for.
5. Make a gratitude drawing
Take a moment to think of some of the people/things you are most grateful for. Then create a drawing that includes these things. Put your drawing up on the fridge to remind you of what you’re grateful for and to keep practicing gratitude.