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There is a lot of research out there about how having gratitude helps people with chronic pain. Noticing the good around you increases the serotonin in your brain and makes you feel better. You don’t need to take a pill, it doesn’t cost any money and you certainly don’t need a prescription to do this. So why don’t more people do it?
There are many things that might keep us from showing gratitude, but there are also many tools out there to help us to remember to do it. I am not a chronic pain patient, but I decided I would like to show more gratitude in the past month. It was actually way harder to do than I thought! Here are some suggestions from my experience:
Even though there is nothing to purchase, gratitude is still part of Dr. Higgins’ 5 Simple Steps to Calm Your Pain because that’s how much he has seen in make a difference in the life of his patients. The research backs up his observations. Just this one simple thing you can do all on your own can make a big difference!