“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie is the author of Codependent No More and offers the reader a new path to living a new life…gratitude.
Life is more than simply existing. It is more than worrying about problems. It is more than regretting the past. But what do you do when you cannot stop the worry or regret and it is all you can do to exist each day? Therapy can help you navigate these challenges and forge a new path in life. We all know making changes to our life can be tricky, and it is too intimidating to do it without support. Our brains are wired to take our behavior from a one-time choice to a default habit-simply for convenience and to conserve energy- so we need all the help we can get to unlearn these habits and learn new ones. Therapy assists you in the rewiring of the brain to allow you to live your life in a different way.
Therapists at Gratitude Counseling have 26 years of combined experience in integrating the therapy process with gratitude. For starting out in 2017, we recommend you try the gratitude jar. Simply write down something you felt grateful for, or about a situation in which you felt appreciated once a week and put it in a jar. At the end of the year (or during difficult times throughout the year), take these reminders out and experience each moment again as you read them. And be grateful for these reminders of the moments that make life full of meaning, light and love; you will recognize how far you came on this new life path!
Becky Hoffman, MS/LMFT