November 21, 2018
While the adage “count your blessings” is prevalent during the holiday season, research shows that expressing gratitude year-round can boost your well-being.
Our Wellness Coordinator, Sarah Burke, teaches a “Gratitude and Wellness” program to share with residents the many benefits of gratitude, including:
- Improved sleep quality
- Increased self-esteem
- Greater creativity
As part of the program, residents kept a 30-day gratitude journal. Studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal for just two weeks reduced participants’ stress and depression.
When asked what they were grateful for, resident responses included friends, neighbors and having a great support system at The Mayflower.
And some other perks of showing gratitude? It’s absolutely free and it’s one of the best forms of medicine, with no side effects whatsoever!
So, next time you go to count your sheep before bed, try counting blessings instead!