Monday, December 7, 2015

Depression Help/Gratitude Journaling

Happy Holidays everyone!

Recent mental health studies point to gratitude journaling as a healing tool for depression. In one study, participants wrote down three positive things about their day every night. This group showed improvement in depressive symptoms after only two weeks (Harbaugh & Vasey, 2014)!

In another study, one group created a gratitude diary and did gratefulness reflections, while a second group created a mindfulness diary and did mindfulness meditations. The participants journaled and meditated four times a week for five weeks. Both groups showed improvement of depressive symptoms, stress, and happiness levels (O'Leary & Dockray, 2015).

I keep a journal by my bed and write down 3-5 experiences I find positive about my day. I wake up with a positive attitude and a thankful heart. Gratitude is really quite amazing!

Watch for the WellU Newsletter coming to your inbox December 8th. There will be more unique tips to reduce holiday stress!

The WellU Team

Below you will find the references and links to the articles mentioned above.


Harbaugh, C. N., & Vasey, M. W. (2014). When do people benefit from
gratitude practice?. Journal Of Positive Psychology, 9(6), 535-546 12p.
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O'Leary, K., & Dockray, S. (2015). The Effects of Two Novel Gratitude and Mindfulness Interventions on Well-Being. Journal Of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 21(4), 243-245 3p. doi:10.1089/acm.2014.0119