Author: Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
As the holiday season fast approaches, we wanted to spend some time exploring the idea of gratitude and ways that you can practice gratitude in your life. The holidays are a busy time for many of our clients and taking time to focus on thankfulness can have multiple positive effects as they embark on their festivities. According to Harvard Health, gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. Research has shown that gratitude is associated with subjective well-being, higher self-esteem, and improved relationships. Gratitude has also been shown to be significantly associated with greater happiness in one’s life and improve sleep quality. While the benefits of gratitude are plenty, it can be hard to build a gratitude practice. Below are some ways to begin:
At SF Bay CBT, we work with clients on cultivating gratitude not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year. We'd love the opportunity to help support you on your gratitude journey. Please contact us to learn more.
Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy in downtown San Francisco and Oakland. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.