This is one of my favorite weeks of the year.
We actually set aside a whole day to focus on gratitude (well, on gluttony too but as my grandmother used to say “Only too much is enough”).
Gratitude has been a popular topic recently and for good reason. The experience of gratitude actually lowers our blood pressure and increases all those “feel good” hormones in our brain.
One of my mentors suggested a gratitude journal. Every night before I go to sleep I write three things for which I am grateful. It is a wonderful way to end the day (no matter how crazy it was) and it keeps me focused on the positive throughout the day.
We have big sheets of white paper all over the office so patients can write down their statements of gratitude. So whatever way you choose remember to express your gratitude.