Hi Ashley, thanks for the article! I think you've noticed something interesting about gratitude, which is that how we use it matters.

If we use it as a tool to deny or ignore that certain thoughts and feelings exist, I agree that we are doing ourselves a disservice.

However, there is also evidence that we can cultivate gratitude. Why would we want to do this? Because it seems that humans have a negativity bias, meaning that we tend to see the world from the glass half empty perspective. Practicing gratefulness, like by using a gratitude journal, can help to pull our minds toward a more accurate perspective of our lives. But, the purpose isn't to sugar-coat our problems, it's to simply prevent our minds from spiralling toward the negative unnecessarily, which seems to be their natural inclination.

Thanks!

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