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4 Misconceptions I Had About Gratitude in Life With Chronic Illness

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I worry about gratitude. I worry that it is misunderstood and is getting a bad rap. I almost rejected it because I failed to understand what true gratitude was.

So I am here to set the record straight and give gratitude its good name back. Here are the biggest misconceptions I had about gratitude, and the perspective shifts that allowed me to improve my thankfulness practice: 1) I thought gratitude was an “instead of” emotion. One of the biggest misconceptions I had about gratitude was that I saw it as an “instead of” emotion.

I thought I should feel grateful “instead of” sad, feel blessed “instead of” scared, and feel thankful “instead of” mad. I tried to use gratitude to erase all of the feelings I didn’t want to feel.

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