Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) has its ups and downs. But no matter how bad things seem, there’s often a silver lining. When you feel the worst is when you need to remember the best things in your life. But keeping a gratitude journal isn’t about just counting your lucky stars. It’s also way for you to open up and express your emotions in a nonjudgmental, private setting.

In fact, a study found that expressive writing, such jotting down negative thoughts or feelings, can help cope with stress, better your cognitive abilities, and improve your mental and physical health.

So take a moment for yourself and think, “What I am grateful for?” And if you’re interested in what others with MS have to say, we reached out to our Living with Multiple Sclerosis Facebook community to learn what they’re grateful for through it all.

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