Not everything is black and white

Denali National Park in autumn, Alaska, USA, North America

Today we covered a lot of topics in the group.

Firstly, we looked at what this group means to members. Some of the quotes were:
“It’s my happy group”
“It helps tackle stigma”
“I’m still alive”
“It helps me feel less isolated”
“It shows that there is hope”

We discussed gratitude, and the benefits of it. Some people found it challenging to feel any sense of gratitude while feeling in such a dark desperate place. While you are in that dark place, you tend to look at everything through “black and white” tinted spectacles, thus not being able to see the bigger picture. Being able to feel gratitude is something people would like to learn and develop. Researchers who study gratitude find that it is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people:

Feel more positive emotions
Relish good experiences
Improve their health
Deal with adversity
Build strong relationships
People feel and express gratitude in many ways. They may be grateful for past experiences and memories and for their present circumstances (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes). Maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude is a way people can have gratitude for the future.

Next week the group will finish at the slightly earlier time of 12pm. Group members who are going to the Scottish Parliament will leave the group at 11.30am, leaving the other group members to stay and have some tea and scones at Simpson House until 12pm.

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