Gratitude: One Key to fighting depression.

As a counseling intern, I have been privileged to sit in a room with some of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. Now, I say that with all sincerity. They are amazing to me because of what they have had to, and continue to endure. However, one common theme with every of my clients is the depression and anxiety they present. You may say, but everyone goes through issues, they ought to get over themselves, suck it up and get on with life; I can imagine you say that because I have thought that way, though I never said it out loud, but in getting to know these people, I find out that it takes a lot more to get out of your "funk," and just be happy. While some require medication, others just require to be taught some coping skills. One coping skill that has worked for me personally when I find myself in a "funk" is what I gladly share with my clients. There is power in finding something to be grateful for in life. When Solomon wrote in Proverbs 17: 22 that "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..." that is exactly what he meant. Find something to be grateful for, regardless of what blow life throws at you, you will begin to see changes in your demeanor, and in the way you view life in general. It is not something you do overnight, but I can assure you that with practice, and consistency, changes will begin to show.
 This is to encourage someone out there today to dare to be grateful for the little things. God bless you, and hope your day s awesome!!!



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