Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Practicing Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time to pause, recognize, and express our appreciation for all that is good and enriching in our lives.

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There’s no doubt that we all have experiences in life that are challenging and difficult – times when it is hard to be grateful. A practice of gratitude doesn’t negate that reality, but it can dramatically change our mindset and help us cope and thrive, which actually contributes to shaping our reality. In fact, research strongly indicates that a practice of gratitude throughout the year is closely linked to mental health benefits in many ways, including:

1. enhanced optimism and sense of overall wellbeing,

2. better sleep,

3. reduced stress and symptoms of depression,

4. greater social support,

5. higher life satisfaction.

It is an enormous pleasure to write each week and to hear from so many of you in response. I am grateful to you for being part of our Five on Friday Community. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Global Mental Health WHO Collaborating Centre at Columbia University.

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