So we’re all on board with having an attitude of gratitude and counting our blessings and thinking positive and all that, right? Scientific studies have shown that it may even improve your health. The trick is, you have to focus on what YOU are grateful for — you can’t force gratitude on someone else. Because I’ve tried. Like when I tell my husband, “You should be grateful SOMEONE in this house actually changes a roll of toilet paper and Swiffers the floor now and then!” But shockingly, he does not seem all that grateful. I know!!
And you also can’t just lame out by saying you’re grateful for your health and family. Yawn. Who isn’t? Have some creativity, will ya? For instance, here’s my list of 10 things I’m grateful for today:
1) That the mystery rash on my little guy’s face is only poison ivy. And not, say, a highly contagious flesh-eating disease.
4) Cheap wine. How lucky am I that my tastes run toward $10 bottles of wine like Apothic Red and Revolution Malbec instead of $150,000 cognac?
5) That I like my own cooking. Takeout’s fine and all, but I can whip up a pretty darn tasty frittata or pasta puttanesca in a pinch. Goes well with that cheap wine.
6) That my kids have good imaginations. Today they entertained each other for hours playing time-traveling ninjas and making themselves into human sandwiches with the couch cushions.
7) That my kids are funny. Miles was looking a picture of a naked mole rat in a magazine and Riley goes, “He’s naked? Why, what does he usually wear?”
8) AFV. Speaking of funny, I don’t care who you are, if you can’t laugh at a fat guy wiping out on a trampoline or a cat singing Happy Birthday, there’s something wrong with you. Don’t even get me started on the toddlers stuck in toilets.
9) Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.
10) That I get to write random lists like this and people will read them – AND contribute their own personal and unlikely things they’re grateful for. So… whatcha got?