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Celebrating Thanksgiving With A Gratitude List

With lifestyle changes, daily stressors, plus hormonal changes causing perimenopause and menopause symptoms, it can be hard to see the silver lining in your life. Unfortunately, the holidays can equally trigger low mood and “the blues” for some women.

It can be circumstantial, such as being financially tapped, yet feeling the pressure to spend money on pricey gifts. The holidays can also be stressful in general between wanting to meet expectations and feeling overwhelmed with trying to make family plans. According to the Mayo Clinic1, stress and depression can take an emotional toll. However, being realistic and planning ahead can reduce holiday anxiety. Another way to get out of your funky mood is to write down a gratitude list.

Reasons To Write A Thanksgiving Gratitude List

  • November is the perfect month to recall all the good in our lives. Writing down a gratitude list can help you appreciate what you do have versus focusing on what you’re lacking.
  • We can often take advantage of our family, loved ones, and close friends. Being grateful for those closest to you in your life can help you acknowledge the importance of moral support and family value.
  • According to research, giving thanks can make you happier.2 In a study, after 10 weeks of writing down a gratitude list, participants were “more optimistic and felt better about their lives” compared to the group of participants that didn’t write a gratitude list.
  • Finding gratitude enables you to tap into empathetic emotions, thus reducing aggression. A cross-sectional, longitudinal study3 focused on having a grateful heart showed that participants who practiced thankfulness were less likely to retaliate against those who wronged them and experienced more empathy and sympathy towards others.
  • Counting your blessings can also improve your sleep. In fact, according to the Journal of Psychosomatic Research4, grateful people slept longer and better than those that didn’t. Positive thoughts and having a daily or weekly gratitude list can help you get better beauty sleep, impacting your productivity during this holiday season.
  • Gratitude can improve your relationship with your significant other, according to the Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology5. When you’re grateful for your partner, you’re less likely to harbor grudges, get into unnecessary disagreements, and can potentially improve communication.
  • Practicing gratitude can improve self-care and improve self-confidence according to a study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences6. Making a list of everything you appreciate can reduce self-destructive behavior, boost your mood, and motivate you to care for yourself by exercising, eating right, and living a healthier lifestyle.

Final Thoughts

This Thanksgiving, make writing a gratitude list a top priority. Being grateful can improve physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. Along with writing a list of things you’re thankful for, you might be grateful knowing that Amberen Perimenopause and Amberen Menopause have both been clinically tested and offer multi-symptom relief. Get hormonal balance this Thanksgiving free of physical and emotional symptoms.

We’re certainly grateful for you and hope that you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving!


  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544
  2. https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier
  3. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1948550611416675
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022399908004224
  5. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01273.x
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3489271/

This blog post and the recommendations made herein are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to be used as healthcare advice. Individuals are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider with questions about their specific needs.

The references provided in this blog post are identified for informational purposes only and such references and the underlying research, including the entities and individuals involved in the underlying research, did not involve Amberen and are not affiliated with Amberen or the makers of Amberen.

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