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Why feeling grateful is good for your health

The last thing you may feel at the end of a hard day at work is grateful for the good things in life. But nurturing an attitude of gratefulness can help you cope with daily stress

The last thing you may feel at the end of a hard day at work is grateful for the good things in life. But nurturing an attitude of gratefulness can help you cope with daily stress

My partner works on a ward that is always full to capacity and often understaffed. Like most nurses, Sarah passionately wants to give the care she is trained to deliver, but resources are so scarce that ‘good enough’ has developed into the new norm.

There have been times when she has come home exhausted, been unable to switch off, and then gone back on shift even more worn-out than the day before. Naturally, I don’t like seeing her stressed so together we’ve frequently vented our anger and frustration at the system. While this has often defused things temporarily, it isn’t a long-term coping strategy.

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