Research in positive psychology indicates that those who practice gratitude have lower self-reported levels of depression and stress, and they're more satisfied with their social relationships. Not only that, but the effects can be long-lasting.
This worksheet summarizes a few exercises to help clients begin practicing gratitude. They include journaling, writing a gratitude letter, visiting and expressing thanks to someone who is important, and more.
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