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Before I Could Practice Gratitude, I Had to Embrace My Grief

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When I heard about gratitude lists as a practice in therapy, I thought, “Oh great, here we go again.” I’d been through this before — being told I’m depressed because I’m not grateful enough, not appreciative, simply not paying attention to the good parts of my life.

Everyone from my family to the church to the school had the same answer to my depression and mood issues. I just needed to practice more gratitude.

And now, therapy was telling me the same thing. The reason gratitude as an answer to my emotional distress bothered me so much was because I felt as though I was well aware of the good parts of my life.

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