Thanksgiving just came and went, and each year it becomes more overshadowed by its sister holiday as people put up Christmas decorations before the turkey is even cooked and spend Thanksgiving Day mapping out Black Friday shopping. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday of remembrance and gratitude, but all too often we miss the gift in slowing down and being grateful. I often encourage my clients to start a gratitude journal as a way of working on anxiety and depression and sometimes get a look of skepticism back, “How is saying thank you going to decrease my anxiety?” These two articles provide the science behind this assignment as well as all of the benefits and ways to get started.

Neuroscience Reveals: Gratitude Literally Rewires your Brian to be Happier

The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How it Affects Anxiety and Grief