Mental Health | Gratitude banishes the bad

Gratitude banishes the bad

Negativity is a powerful and ever-present force.

It's something we encounter every day. It's unavoidable.

How we deal with negativity very much dictates the success or the failure of the day we are having.

The problem with allowing negativity to get the better of us on any given day is that days stretch into weeks, weeks into months and months into years. Mole hills can easily become mountains if left unattended. We need to meet negativity head on whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.

A simple way to counter negativity in our lives is to adopt an attitude of gratitude. Negativity is bad, gratitude is good.

Gratitude though is more than a shallow nod to a warm and positive emotion - it is a deep and thankful appreciation for the good things that come our way. And it can be received as well as expressed.

If we practice gratitude and include it in our daily routine then we are effectively girding our loins against all-pervasive negativity.

Gratitude produces long-lasting positivity and that has both psychological and physical benefits.

It can clear the clouds on an emotionally grey day and make us not only appreciate ourselves but also the people around us. It can make us stronger in so many respects.

The attitude of gratitude starts with the effort to see and hear things that we are grateful to see and hear. And there's always something or even a multitude of somethings.

Sometimes our ability to recognise those things that are good and positive is clouded by our situation and circumstance.

Clearing the fog can involve conscious and sustained effort. While that can be tiresome and tiring the rewards which follow persistence are more than worthwhile.

Gratitude and goodness go hand-in-hand.

Make the effort and reap the benefits.


Making an effort to stay in shape may not only improve our quality of life but it will also help sharpen our minds.

A little each day can make a lot of difference.

Advantages include:

  • A boost in physical strength and agility.
  • Improved self-perception as attractiveness is enhanced.
  • Greater levels of confidence.
  • A clearer mind and sharper thinking.
  • Better sleep patterns.

Get moving ... and keep moving. Make it a daily habit.

The result? Happier, healthier attitudes and a more fulfilling life.

Start today. It's worth the effort.

Gary Bentley is a counsellor with Rural Aid