How Arthritis Patients Can Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

You Have Reasons to Feel Grateful

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It's that time of year. November's feast and the holiday season are upon us. People are scurrying about, driven by the anticipation of spending time with extended family. Thanksgiving Day is a day set aside for more than just good food and togetherness. It is a day when people take time to reflect on what they are grateful for in their lives. It is a day when people actually look at their own personal reality in an appreciative way.

As we meander through our daily grind, it's easy to be consumed by problems, dilemmas, and predicaments that seem inescapable. Your attitude, as you face those problems, is significant. We all have challenges. People living with a chronic disease, such as arthritis, have even more. You can focus on how weary life seems because of arthritis or you can be grateful for all of the little things (and big things) that make your life happier and healthier. Consider writing about those things in a journal.

Keep track of the things that make you feel grateful. Add to the list often and re-read it. Your gratitude journal will help you maintain a positive attitude. To get you started, here are some things that I am grateful for because they improve my life:

  • medications that relieve arthritis pain and help manage the disease
  • treatments and joint surgery which have restored joint function
  • excellent doctors who I depend on for their skill and expertise
  • physical strength and endurance
  • emotional strength and my ability to cope
  • family and friends who truly understand
  • my friends, including online friends

Every Thanksgiving, vow to yourself to make your life the best it can be. Be grateful for what you do have. Work on changing the things that are somehow lacking.

And remember: Part of gratitude is attitude.

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