The Gratitude Exercise

Thanksgiving should be everyday!! It’s one day in which we really focus on gratitude and yet, we really should be grateful everyday. As a therapist, I often advice my clients to utilize the gratitude exercise. Especially for those who struggle with depression. The gratitude exercise incorporates finding something to be grateful for everyday. I like to have a theme and to say 3 grateful things regarding that theme. For example, a theme could be our health/body. We then state 3 things about our health/body that we are grateful for: 1) I am thankful for my eyesight; 2) I am thankful for my ability to run; 3) I am thankful that all my senses work well. Then, the following day could be the theme of work, then household, and then, nature, and the list goes on. And this is done everyday. I have my children state something they are grateful for at the beginning of the day on our way to school and at the end of the day during our nighttime prayers. It gives them the opportunity to recognize that although we may have rough days, there is always something to be grateful about. The gratitude exercise allows us to reframe our moments and experiences to something positive and can encourage choices that can make life more fulfilling.

In the midst of tragedies and hard times, having a positive mindset in which we can find things in our daily life to be grateful for only empowers us to make choices to live a happy life.

So, while we focus on giving Thanks today, let us remember to give thanks everyday!


Happy Thanksgiving!


Charise Casiano

About Charise Casiano

Charise obtained her BA degree at California State University, Stanislaus and immediately pursued her MS degree at Mount Saint Mary’s College. During her college years, Charise left for one year to do missionary work. She traveled the United States troubleshooting with teenagers.