Many of us suffer from increased depression at this time of year. One of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves is a daily practice of gratitude.
The other day as I was longing for a break from the gloominess and constant cloud cover we've had lately. The lack of sunlight was leaving me drained, tired, sluggish. But then I realized that I'm actually grateful for it. The clouds have been helping to keep the temperatures warmer, like a blanket of insulation. Hence, some unseasonably warm (if you can call 40 degrees warm, which you can in the midwest) weather that makes things like going to the dog park, running outdoors with friends, and finishing up last minute holiday errands much more pleasant.
Look for the silver lining in the clouds and you're more likely to find it than if you dwell on the negative. Here are 5 things I'm grateful for today:
- My body that carries me through life and has kept me going even when I didn't treat it well.
- My family that offers everlasting unconditional love.
- Zoe, my dog. 'Nuff said.
- The internet – without this forum I would be much less connected and less enlightened.
- My faith and God's generostity in my life.
What are you grateful for?
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