Watch: Practicing gratitude
Alan talks about positive thinking and how you can practice gratitude
Gratitude is sometimes described as the antidote to fear or anxiety. It is an emotion and can be defined as the “quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” (Oxford Dictionary)
Practicing gratitude can help to regulate emotions and support stress relief. As well as helping us in our day to day life, it can have a positive impact on our family and friends. Studies have shown that it can positively improve sleep, relationships, and friendships.
When we are going through difficult times, worries and fear can take up a lot of our focus. The practice of finding ways to be grateful, appreciative and thankful can encourage us to broaden our perspective on life. Unfortunately, it does not take our worries away but allows us space to think of the bigger picture.