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5 Ways Practicing Gratitude Will help your mental Health

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How Gratitude can help your Mental Health

Unlike eating copious amounts of turkey, saying thank you shouldn’t be reserved to a yearly tradition. Especially in the gloomy Pacific Northwest of Portland and Seattle, it can be easy to get bogged down and forget to appreciate where you are.

Expressing gratitude is something to practice everyday and has been shown to have some serious health benefits. From gratitude jars to meditation, intentional gratitude has marked mental health benefits.

You’ll sleep better

A 2009 study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research shows that expressing gratitude will help you sleep better and longer than those who don’t. Waking up is hard in Portland and Seattle where there’s less sunlight, so we welcome any tips to improve your sleep.

You’ll be more patient

A study of undergraduate students at Northeastern University found those who felt grateful for minor everyday things were more patient and able to make sounder decisions.

You’ll have better relationships

Human connection is complicated in the digital era, but a dose of gratitude will help. A study in the Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology found that feelings of gratitude between two people improves numerous aspects of a relationship.

You’ll be more confident

A 2014 paper in the Journal of Applied Sports Psychology found that athletes who showed more gratitude to their coaches had increased feelings of self-esteem as opposed to those who didn’t. Take that, anxiety.

You’ll have more empathy

Empathy, gratefulness, and mental health are all connected. A 2012 paper in Social Psychology and Personality Science showed higher levels of empathy linked to lowered aggression and increased sensitivity towards others. Being able to connect with people can help with reduced depression and improvement to anxiety.

Three reasons to get started today:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression

  • Forge better connections with others

  • Improve mental health

How to practice gratitude for mental health today:

  • Keep a gratitude journal

  • Focus on the present

  • Try meditation or yoga

  • Pay an extra compliment

  • Connect with a friend about something positive


Your local ZOOM+Care clinic will help you assess your mental health and find actionable ways to move forward. You can schedule a same-day, no-wait visit for your mental health today.

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