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Spirituality in Mental Health: Gratitude (8)

Often times when we're struggling, it's easy to lose faith in things getting better. It's even easier to allow negativity to consume us, which makes it especially difficult to find things to be grateful for. But gratitude is one of the most helpful aspects of mental health, and it doesn't take much. Even if you feel like nothing is going right, acknowledging at least one thing every day to be grateful for is so important to having a more positive outlook on life. You can be grateful for the life's smallest pleasures, like your favorite song, the kindness of people you have never met, and even the setbacks you have experienced because they make you stronger. Do you like the rain? Be grateful for it! When we express gratitude, our brain releases two important neurotransmitters of emotion: dopamine and serotonin, which enhance our mood in feeling happier. Acknowledging what we already have will not only make living life a little easier, but is also crucial to manifestation. Feeling gratitude for what you have already attracted helps you connect more to the universe; how can you attract and appreciate what you want when you aren't appreciating what you have? Practicing gratitude helps raise your vibrations, especially when consistently done, and there's no right or wrong way to do it. It's super helpful to write down ten things you're grateful for before manifesting, for example and it's just as important to affirm your gratitude throughout the day. I personally like to write down at least three things I'm grateful for every day either when I wake up or before I go to sleep, as it gives me a more positive outlook on life. Gratitude is even a form of manifestation itself! Using gratitude to speak your desires into existence is extremely powerful in helping you feel as if you already had what you wanted to attract. Even though it's hard, it will make a difference to be grateful, for not just the ups, but the downs too, as it's all a learning experience meant to be. Have you practiced gratitude before? Let me know down below, as well as any other questions you may have!

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