Merriam-Webster defines gratitude as a feeling of appreciation or thanks. So why is gratitude important, especially in sobriety? For starters, we’re all aware of the challenges and difficulties life throws our way. Often times we focus on the negative effects that come from these obstacles. If we look for the positive outcomes, then we are able to experience and express gratitude.
Gratitude reminds us what is truly significant in life. We experience happiness when we remember that we have people who care and support us. We are able to appreciate life’s challenges because we see the how they’ve helped us grow and mature.
While feeling gratitude is a wonderful thing, it’s also important to express it. You can never say “thank you” too much. Ultimately, gratitude causes people to feel happiness and reminds us of all the important things in life.
Gratitude is a very important part of recovery and is essential to staying sober. In many ways, gratitude helps keep the addict/alcoholic sober. Resentments are the number one offenders of relapse. However, when we practice being grateful it’s often hard to feel resentful. A grateful heart will never drink!