Choosing gratitude

thankfulDuring the holiday season, there is a lot of talk about gratitude. Before Thanksgiving, I read a great column in the New York Times about research that shows choosing to be grateful makes you happier. Even though we know it’s true, “For many people, gratitude is difficult, because life is difficult.”

It sure is – a lot of the time. It’s so easy to find things to complain about. I know, I do it too! Fortunately, I’m happy more often than not, but when negative thoughts pop in my head, I’m trying something new. Forced gratitude works, science says so!

It’s a shift in mindset, and for me, a work in progress. So here are my grateful thoughts for this week:

“I have a job that I love” instead of, “I’m so tired from my busy work week.”

“I have people I care about to buy gifts for and the money to do it” instead of, “I am going crazy rushing around to do my Christmas shopping.”

“I have a healthy body that allows me to work out” instead of, “I feel gross, I have no time to exercise.”

“We go to a great school with teachers who care about our children’s learning” instead of, “I hate doing homework with the kids.”

“I have the time and money to go see family that I love” instead of, “Traveling at the holidays is such a pain.”

“I’m lucky to have a husband who cares what happened in my day” instead of, “Chase, we need to stop talking, it’s time to go to sleep.”

“I get to see a beautiful sunrise and drive to work with no traffic” instead of, “I’m sick of leaving for work so early.”

“I have a fridge full of food,” instead of “I hate cooking dinner.” (Full disclosure: this one will be the hardest because I do, in fact, hate cooking dinner.)

I’ll take it one day at a time, but just writing this made me feel happier already!


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