Gratitude List ExplainedBenefits of Keeping a Gratitude List* It is highly beneficial for people to keep a positive attitude in their recovery. Those who regularly think about the good things in their life will be able to maintain a positive attitude.* Somebody is less likely to relapse if they are grateful for what they currently have.* If the individual is having thoughts of relapse they will be able to read their gratitude list and be reminded of what they have to lose.* It is easy for people to miss all the things they have to feel good about. A gratitude list will be a good reminder.* This type of journaling can also be a good way for the individual to gauge their progress in recovery.Dangers of Taking Recovery for GrantedGrateful People in Recovery Never RelapseDangers of Stinking Thinking* Ill-will towards other people.* Experiencing pleasure upon hearing about other people’s failures – this is usually referred to asSchadenfruede.* Holding an overly pessimistic view of life.* Feeling superior to everyone else.* Feeling inferior to everyone else.* Making mountains out of molehills. The individual will blow any problems out of proportion.* They will tend to view the world in black or white with things either right or wrong. This is not a good way to look at life because there can be so many gray areas and uncertainties.* This type of thinking involves spending too much time focused on the faults of other people.* They will be self-obsessed and behave in a grandiose manner.Journaling in Recovery* In a stream of consciousness diary the individual just writes down everything that comes into their heads. They make no attempt to edit their writing in any way.* People in recovery can also start a spiritual diary where they record their experiences and thoughts while trying to develop their spirituality.* A health/exercise journal is where the individual records their efforts to get physically back in shape.How to Create a Gratitude List* It is also possible for people to write a gratitude list in a longer form. Here they can describe in more detail each of the things they feel grateful about.* In order for it to be effective the gratitude list is not something that people do once and then forget about. It should be updated regularly – at least once a week but many people will try to add to this list daily.* It is a good idea to buy a nice notebook for these gratitude notes. It is likely going to be something that the individual will want to cherish.* If people are having thoughts of drinking or using drugs again they should read back on their gratitude lists as parts of their relapse prevention plan.* Modern technology means that there are now many options for people who want to create an electronic gratitude list.* If people are unsure about what they should feel grateful about they will find plenty of examples of gratitude lists online.
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