Actively being grateful is reaping rewards as well. At first being actively thankful felt quite mechanistic but now seems to be enmeshed within my psyche. I described it to a psychologist friend who thought that it sounded as if it was working at schema level, a deep rooted level of thinking that structures the entire way that I view the world. I love the morning affirmations from the very bouncy sounding Bernardette Logue on YouTube. These are currently part of my morning routine.
It seems good to share the effects of this bonhommie with others who are not in the same place as myself, where mental and physical pain is a constant feature in my lives. As well as trying to spread kindness in a practical way I use a recorded healing meditation by Anna Hughes to guide my efforts. Not evidence based practice but she says it works. If you know me personally and are in need of a little TLC, it may be that any warm fuzzy feelings that you're experiencing might because I'm sending those healing rays to you!