When you are struggling with an eating disorder, it may seem like there is nothing to be grateful for. That feeling is understandable. However, when you start actively looking for reasons to be thankful, and begin to cultivate gratitude as a new mindset, it’s surprising what you find. In fact, researchers believe that while many emotions and personality traits have an impact on our sense of well-being, gratitude may be the single most important of them.
What is Gratitude and Why Does it Matter?
Wikipedia defines gratitude as “a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.” While it often takes a conscious effort to be grateful when you’re sad, angry, or frustrated, studies show it’s well worth the energy you put into it. Gratitude has been shown to: