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    While washing my clothes this morning, I started thinking about all the things I was grateful for today (check it out on my blog…)  Too often I focus on what I’m frustrated with (“I’m feeling too poorly to go to work today”) and not the silver lining (“I get to see my doctor today and sleep in”).  I don’t want to go all Pollyanna on you, because I know not every situation has a silver lining, but I know that there is much to be grateful for.

    I stole the list idea from Hilary (who may have “borrowed” it from Oprah…)  What are some other ways we can be grateful?  And how can we encourage gratitude in our homes?

    One Response to “Gratitude”

    1. Carolyn says:

      Writing about things you’re grateful for is one good way. But you know that. Another idea is to emphasize non-nihilistic music. And to avoid angry or whiny music. One Dad in our neighborhood said his teenage daughter’s chronic depression was lifted by changing radio stations.

      But if you’re really down in the dumps, you can listen to something sad, like The Blues, then gradually lift the mood of the music to something really happy, like maybe Dixieland with tubas and banjos. Happier people find gratitude to be easier.