After the traditional festive season, January is a good time to pause and reflect on the things that you appreciate. Positive psychology studies have shown the usefulness of gratitude to emotional health. Savouring and appreciating are good ways to lift mood and interrupt anxiety.
A simple way to begin this practice is to identify five things you are grateful for each day. They can be as simple as a beautiful sunset or a cup of tea, or as meaningful as your loved ones. Seeking for things releases dopamine, appreciating them releases oxytocin, both chemicals natural anti-depressants. So go on, give yourself a drug free boost, and notice what makes your smile today!
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