"For mild to moderate depression, at least, developing 'an attitude of gratitude' - and a programme of regular exercise - can be as powerful as any pill, and help create long-term mental and physical health into the bargain," says Tonya.
"When we cultivate an attitude of gratitude," says Tonya, founder of Guildford-based not-for-profit Little White Feather (http://www.littlewhitefeather.co.uk), "the chemistry changes in our minds and in our bodies. In fact, cultivating an attitude of gratitude actually gives our mind a refreshing 'mini-break', helping us find solutions more easily."
Tonya suggests a daily dose of the gratitude drug by self-administering the following:
When you wake up in the morning, think of five things in your life that you're grateful for
Tell your spouse when he or she comes home from work what you like most about them (though it may be difficult at first, you'll soon get the swing of it)
Find something to celebrate in every day - even if it's jsut someone who brightens your day at work, or finding a slipper that you thought you'd lost!
If you'd like to learn skills for becoming more thankful in your life, come to An Attitude of Gratitude, Sunday October 27, at the Bonnington Centre, London. See www.littlewhitefeather.co.uk/