Express Gratitude: An antidote to negative emotions.
a. Gratitude—promotes savoring a good life, bolsters self worth, helps cope with stress, encourages moral behavior, builds social bonds, diminishes negative emotions, fights hedonic (entitlement) activity.
b. How of Gratitude:
i. Keep a gratitude journal. Make a list every day of things you’re grateful for. Keep it in a place easy to remember. [I keep a small notebook in my medicine cabinet…next to my toothbrush!]
ii. Vary your techniques to keep it fresh, not routine. Try different approaches, locations, etc.
iii. Express your gratitude directly. Write a letter to someone who’s made a difference in your life. Or, make a visit (Martin Seligman’s fav way), read your gratitude letter to them and express what they have meant to you.