Esther Ciganda

Apr 12, 2022

How A Gratitude Practice Can Help You Overcome Difficult Situations In Life

Over the past 4 months, I:

  • lost my vision

  • was diagnosed with a giant brain tumor

  • had the tumor removed

  • experienced my first surgery all alone

  • developed diabetes insipidus

  • wondered what’s next

  • shipped 30 Atomic essays in 30 days

  • connected with people all around the world

  • meditated often

  • wrote in my gratitude journal

  • said thank you to my family

  • and sent mental thank-yous to everyone who prayed & send positive vibes my way.

Rough way to start the year, but not once did I have a negative attitude or wonder why me.

Instead, I was grateful that it was me and not someone else in my family. I’ve worked on my mental toughness for years and it was tested and I survived. Today, I say thanks for being introduced to gratitude.

Because long ago I had read about the mental benefits of gratitude.

How does practicing gratitude daily help?

Having a gratitude practice helps your overall mental health because you instantly have a better outlook on life. Don’t be surprised to walk away from your latest gratitude meditation with a big smile on your face.

But the benefits don’t stop at increased happiness. Feeling more gratitude has been linked to a better self-image, less anxiety, and even a reduction of depression.

Also, research shows increased levels of dopamine and serotonin after intentional gratitude meditations.

It's an intentional gratitude practice that has helped me with having a positive outlook in these past months.

Do you practice gratitude? If not, it's a practice along with meditation or prayer that you should add to your day.

Want to know more about my simple practice, send me a DM.

Always here rooting for you as well!

Esther Ciganda

Multilingual + Multipassionate Veteran Teacher writing about my pivot to Edupreneur | Daughter of Basque Immigrants & Farmers | Podcaster | 🧠 tumor survivor