Today as I'm reading the July 2012 Family Circle, I happened upon a short blurb about thankfulness. It reads "Being thankful has been linked to deeper sleep and less anxiety but a recent study at the University of Kentucky shows that it also helps you to control your temper."
You would think that being thankful would be relatively simple; be thankful for your health, for your family, for living in a free country. People have even been thankful for summer skies, summer vacations and just the change of pace that summer brings.
But what if everything I've enumerated isn't something that you can be thankful for? Then what?
It's very important to have something to be thankful for, or at least it seems like it, for your health. So try using these as jumping off points to find something to be thankful for.
1. Have a job? Be grateful. So many people don't. If you are one of the ones without a job, why not try being an entrepreneur? I would suggest Avon, or something that, like Avon, has a range of prices and so can fit anyone's budget. Take out some books on guerrilla marketing and party plans from the library, and sell seriously!
2. Do you have old family photographs? Isn't it nice to be able to reminisce about times past?
3. Establish a weekly movie night, either with family, friends, a combination of the two, or by yourself. With public libraries lending DVDs, there is no financial reason to not have a movie night!
4. Popcorn. Be grateful unpopped corn is so inexpensive! And multifunctional. It can be popped for your movie night, scattered in tomato soup, and robed in homemade caramel to make decorations of popcorn balls for your Christmas tree!
5. Texting. I'm grateful for the one line texts or voicemails that my faraway family and friends send me, often for no other reason than to say hello, they're thinking of me.
6. Letters. They take so much longer to write, they are way too expensive to spend now that postage for first class mail is just under 50 cents, but they are a delight, as are postcards. Everyone of them goes into a paper mache box I have just for that purpose, to be savored over and over!!
What little things are you grateful for? What little things warm your heart?