At the start of 2020, I made a New Year's Resolution to create and keep a 'Gratitude Jar' and that I would fill it with notes (which I call 'Gratitudes') about things that I am thankful for, or even just happy about, and I would place them into the Gratitude Jar. I was actually really surprised that I kept this New Year's Resolution because it's the first time that I have kept a New Year's Resolution for the entire year. At first it was quite hard to think of things to put into the Gratitude Jar, then as I became more used to dealing it, it slowly became easier to do. The biggest surprise however, wasn't that I completed my first ever New Year's Resolution, but actually how beneficial the Gratitude Jar was in helping with my Depression and Anxiety. It actually proved so helpful that I decided to continue it this year too. On my lowest days, when that dark cloud is hovering over my head, I reach into that Gratitude Jar and grab a handful of those little Gratitudes. As I read the things I've written on those little notes, I am reminded of happy moments and then I remember that not every day will be the same and that things can, and will, get better which starts to lift my spirits and blow those dark clouds away. It's also really great to see how much the Gratitude Jar fills as the year goes on. It's not easy but it's the small, pleasant, happy, moments in life that keep us moving out of the darkness. It might be something that you decide to try yourselves, I hope that you find it as beneficial as I do. As I said, it can be tricky at times so let's start slowly: Can you name one thing that you are thankful for today?
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