52 Weeks of Gratitude
52 Weeks of Gratitude is a method used by some mental health workers and their clients. It is a mindfulness exercise. The key idea is that each week, for a year, a different person, object, place or experience is identified that the client is grateful for. In doing so, the 52 Weeks of Gratitude reinforces the fact that there are good things out there. It is one of a number of methods used by professional mental health workers and is not used in isolation.
As the image illustrates, the topics are incredibly varied. Some topics will / are a lot easier to find something / someone to be grateful for: especially so in weeks when one’s mood is low.
The challenge provides a focus for the week as well. In times when experiencing depression it is common for people to lack motivation to complete tasks. The 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge doesn’t ‘force’ anyone to complete it but as it’s focus is very much on self-help, it provides a bit of an incentive and motivation. It uses mindfulness techniques to gradually build self esteem and, alongside other interventions, hopefully lift the user’s mood.
The writers of this website suffer from depression. One, Kate, is currently working through the 52 Weeks of Gratitude. Weekly updates will be added under the Mental Health section of this site and links to her previous Gratitude posts will be added shortly.