Over there: an attitude of gratitude brings a big change to your well-being
Did you know that October is the month of national gratitude? Well, it actually isn’t. November is.
But October should be. I mean, we have a whole vacation based on gratitude and thanks. So, it might not be Gratitude Month, but I’m going to run with it anyway.
Gratitude is the act of expressing thanks or appreciation for… anything. It’s about recognizing the positive things in our lives and acknowledging them.
How you express your gratitude is up to you. You can write your positive and grateful thoughts in a journal, post photos or notes on a bulletin board, or share them in your own weekly column.
However you do it, expressing your gratitude is good for you. According to Dr. Google, gratitude can boost your immune system, improve your mental health, improve your relationships, and make you more optimistic.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering… “What do I need to be thankful for?”
Good question. I don’t know why you have to be grateful. I will try me.
I am sitting in a house that smells of mold. I’m here because I sold my cute little house and needed to find a rental and thought my rental was old and a little ugly but whatever I can clean it up and it will be fine. Not great. Not good. How are you. OK, just OK.
We cleaned up, and we cleaned up, but we couldn’t get rid of the horrible musty smell, and after a day or two, we started to think that anything that smelled like that could kill us too. Oh, and we signed a one-year lease.
Finding something to feel grateful for was a struggle.
Some of the things I’ve read about gratitude online suggest that there are many things you can be thankful for, no matter what your circumstances are.
You can be thankful for your health. You may be grateful for a bird’s song or for the affection of a pet or for a beautiful flower that you saw on a walk.
Well, I was having a hard time feeling grateful for all of this. I lived in a mold house.
But things are improving. The owner was very good about the potentially fatal mold he subjected us to. He let us out of our lease. We are on the move. Yes, I am grateful to move twice in a month.
He didn’t exactly say he didn’t want us to die of mold. He didn’t exactly recognize that we might have a deadly mold problem. He didn’t exactly offer to pay back the prepaid rent for our first month, reimburse us for moving expenses, or put our things in storage so he could tear up the house to fix the problem.
It was more of a “It doesn’t smell too bad to me but whatever. If you don’t want to live here, we don’t want you.
And now I need to spread the joy. This morning I had to go out for 10 minutes and it looks like Eddie the sausage dog didn’t approve because when I got home I found one of my wife’s shoes on her dog bed , chewed.
I was hoping it was an old shoe and no big deal. It turns out it was a bit new and a bit pricey.
We know Eddie chews shoes when he’s stressed, and it is our policy not to leave the shoes out in the open like a buffet. But here we are.
He also loves dear ones. He always goes for leather, and he has done it again. He looked up at my Crocs and instead grabbed one of my wife’s delicious strappy sandals.
She was quite upset that one of her favorite pair of shoes was damaged, but I told her she should be grateful. Poor Eddie could have choked on his good shoes, but he didn’t. In addition, he only chewed the one on the left. The maid is perfectly fine.
I encouraged her to let go of her anger and sadness at the loss of her shoe. She should listen to a bird sing or watch the beauty of a flower and feel the gratitude wash away her worries.
She didn’t do these things. She went to buy some shoes. And she’s grateful for the power.