December 14, 2011
My friend Vlad posted a link on Facebook to this list of “30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself.” It’s a pretty good list, the writer recommends a book I absolutely loved “Stumbling on Happiness” (read it, it’s life-changing) but I particularly enjoyed #30:
Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
I am grateful in general but he’s right that it needs to be an everyday thing. When I’m thankful for my blessings I’m happier, more energetic, more focused. It’s easy to get mired in minor problems and not see the great things in life. A few weeks away from new years my resolution is to try to remember that more often.