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Mental Health Minute: Gratitude

During this time of self-quarantine, it can be easy to dwell on the things that we no longer have: our independence, our ability to visit friends and family, or our ability to go to the beach or the park, for example. When things seem to be going wrong as human beings it is much easier to focus on the negatives than the positives. It doesn’t help that sometimes our negative feelings are reinforced through social media or continually watching the news right now or even conversations with others. But continually focusing on the negative can lead to feelings of sadness and depression.

One way of lifting these sad feelings is through the practice of gratitude. When we learn to find and see the positive things in our lives, we can change the way we feel even if for a moment. It’s not easy