To Reduce Depression: Make a Thank You List
Being grateful seems pointless when you’re feeling blue and depressed. It’s even worse when someone comes up to you and says “ you have so much to be grateful for, cheer up!”. But building the habit of writing down things you’re grateful for does wonders. Taking it a step further is telling the people around you how thankful you are to have them in your life. There’s a research that shows being grateful simulates parts of your brain that reduces stress and increases sense of pleasure. Forming any habit takes an effort and is hard at first but then it becomes seamless.
So your 1 thing to do today? Make a list of 3 things you are grateful for. Anything can be on the list; your presentation going well, having time to go to the gym, having a close friend to talk to or making yourself dinner. Start by making the list and maybe later call or text the people in your life that have made you smile or helped you in any way. JUST DO IT!