Showing gratitude toward yourself and others isn’t just being grateful for positive things and moments in life, but also cutting yourself and others a break from the endless expectations life brings. When you’re dealing with incontinence, it’s even more important to look outside your body’s limitations. Being grateful for the abilities you do have and sharing that gratitude with others is known to increase personal happiness and lessen the chances of feeling depressed.
We’ve gathered our best practices for living a grateful life below. Share your practices in the comments!
Say ‘thank you’ and mean it. Be specific!
The key to telling people thank you isn’t just muttering the words ‘thank you,’ but being specific about what you’re grateful for. Instead of saying ‘Thanks for helping me today,” say, “Thank you for talking out the trash this evening. Your willingness to chip in on that chore really helped me focus on getting dinner on the table.”
Write yourself a compliment and leave it where you can read it
Showering yourself with words of affirmation and encouragement is just as important as doing it for others. Self-gratitude and self-affirmation builds confidence and assurance in one’s abilities. Learning how to do this is hard, but start by leaving notes for yourself.
Read one caregiver blogger’s thoughts on the issue here.
Offer your time and skills to a family member
Nothing shows gratitude for someone else more than your time. Use one of your greatest (and free-of-charge) gifts and show your loved ones how much they matter to you by spending quality time with them.
Invite a sibling to coffee or take a parent out to dinner!
Click here to read other ways to express gratitude on a daily basis.