When you’re feeling down in the dumps, feeling underappreciated, feeling left out of celebrations because of your sobriety just imagine how your life would be if you hadn’t made the choices you did.

That’s the practice of mental subtraction, a gratitude exercise that helps you to appreciate all the good you have in your life. It’s often called the George Bailey effect, from the holiday movie classic It’s A Wonderful Life. When deep in despair, George was given the gift of seeing all that he had to be grateful for. You can give yourself the same gift by using this method.

Think of something positive in your life, anything, like getting sober or getting that great job. Then imagine it didn’t happen, and imagine how your life would be without it. Where would you be without that positive event happening in your life? By taking a look at that other world you’ll be able to see how much you have to be thankful for in this one.

Developing a practice of gratitude will surely lift your spirits and your outlook. Because as it turns out, George Bailey’s life was full of riches. You may find that yours is too.

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The Recovery Coach NY has years of experience and a vast array of resources that can help those in need find the path to the life they deserve, filled with joy and purpose. We come with an empathetic ear and solution-oriented actions that can begin to bring the relief you and your loved one seek.

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