Over the last decade or so, I have become better acquainted with the notion of gratitude. I have always whispered a 'thank you' to my concept of God after returning from a trip safe and sound, or after reaching my destination after a harried car ride with my child in the driver's seat (!) or when I was anxious about something that went well. But finding things in the course of my day to be grateful for wasn't a part of my daily practice, until a few years ago when I was learning about myself in a new way. Rather than seeing the deficits, I decided to try feeling grateful for what WAS in my life. This new perspective put things into it's proper place and helped me to cope.
Below are some findings from the website of Professor Robert Emmons, psychology professor at UC Davis on this idea of gratitude. His studies have shown that grateful people are more:
In the spirit of 'keeping it short' this week, I will end here. Let me know what you think... or add to the list above.