An Attitude of Gratitude

Many people come to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for body pain, digestive issues, fertility support, insomnia, etc. Some people, however, just come because it makes them feel good. Sometimes it’s hard for someone to pinpoint exactly what that feeling is, but they know it’s good and beneficial.

There are other ways to supplement that feel-good feeling. One of the best ways is by practicing gratitude. Gratitude can change your attitude. There are many, many ways to do this. It could be in a verbal compliment or appreciation to someone you know or even a stranger. It could also be something much more private and personal. Either way, there is plenty of research to show that practicing gratitude changes brain chemistry and literally makes you feel good.

Two suggestions that I have for practicing gratitude:

  • At the end of your day or right before going to sleep, write down or take a few minutes to think of three things that you are grateful for from your day. These could be very big items like your family or seemingly trivial moments such as the sun hitting your face when you woke this morning.

  • Write one or more “thank you” cards to someone once a month. It can be a “thank you” for a gift, time spent or even just their presence in your life. Take the time to put a stamp on it and send it in the mail. Not only will you be drastically changing someone else’s day,  you’ll be changing yours as well.


Britanie Kessler, LAc. is a licensed acupuncturist and herbal medicine practitioner at Wild Hearts Wellness in Portland, OR. You can book a treatment with her here.

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