How gratitude helps us heal.

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” — Amy Collette

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Gratitude. We hear that word bandied about all over social media these days, almost to the point where it has lost its meaning. The Beastie Boys even had a song about it back in the day. Pinterest and Instagram have gratitude quotes and now templates for writing in gratitude journals. What is gratitude exactly, and what is the connection of gratitude and chronic illness?

Daily appreciation

Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for…

It’s like telling a dog not to bark or a bird not to fly.

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Don’t tell someone with anxiety not to worry. It’s like telling a dog not to bark or a bird not to fly. They do it without thinking. It’s the same with worry.

I have generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and major depressive disorder. Most it came along with being diagnosed with a chronic illness called Central Sensitivity Syndrome. Dealing with chronic illness can amplify those feelings of anxiety and depression for many reasons: chronic pain, feelings of worthlessness, feeling like you’re a burden, the guilt of feeling like you’re never there for those who need you…the list goes on.


Heather R. Parker

Freelance content writer, poet, mental health advocate, and chronic illness warrior. I dream of endless summers. Instagram: @heather_r_parker

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