Are you struggling with gratitude this holiday season? If so, this episode is exactly what you might need to hear. In today’s episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit, I spoke with Shala Nicely about struggling with gratitude. Together, we address why some people might be struggling with gratitude or being grateful, especially if they are also struggling with mental health.
In this episode, Shala Nicely addresses the personal struggles she has had in the past with gratitude and some incredible tools to manage this.
Shala so beautifully articulates three common reasons why people struggle with gratitude. The first two struggles fall under the category, that Shala calls, gratitude by comparison. This often occurs when you are supposed to be doing “better” than someone else, but you do not feel very grateful. Shala explains that gratitude by comparison can fall into two separate categories: relief-induced gratitude and guilt-induced gratitude.
The third common struggle is forced gratitude. An example of this might be, “I should be grateful and I’m not. What’s wrong with me?” or, “You have everything going for you. Why can’t you just be thankful for what you have instead of focusing on the negative?”
I love that Shala addresses how forced gratitude quickly becomes what we know clinically as toxic positivity.
Some great tips if you are struggling with gratitude might be:
• Practicing wonder, curiosity or beginners mind
• Give yourself permission to not practice gratitude over the holidays
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