Things to be thankful for.

It’s now November, the unofficial month of gratitude and appreciation — the start of all the glittery goodness of the holiday season. This is when the warm fuzzies get their 15 minutes of fame, and I LOVE IT.

November 1st is my annual cue to start decorating for Christmas (yes, seriously), because 55 days is barely enough time to soak up all the good cheer.

But it’s not all twinkly lights and candy canes. For lots of folks, this is the start of stress overload, what with seasonal expenses, family drama, crazy schedules and all that cortisol-producing stuff that tends to happen towards the end of the year.

Luckily, there’s a cure for seasonal anxiety: appreciation. Now’s the time to start cultivating gratitude. That way, we build up lots of resilience to get us through the holiday gauntlet.

If you need a little spark of creativity to get started on your gratitude list, here are some things we can all be thankful for.

  • The sun rises every morning, right on cue. Have you watched it lately? It’s a hell of a show.
  • You have enough food to eat. In fact, you have your pick of nearly infinite forms of nourishment. Between grocery stores and restaurants, you can literally have almost anything to eat you can imagine.
  • Hot showers are super fantastic. Having gloriously warm water poured over you is the ultimate in luxury, and it’s yours whenever you want it.
  • Your heart is keeping you alive. Every day, the little muscle beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through 60,000 miles of blood vessels — no effort required on your part.
  • You have eyes through which to see this indescribably beautiful world — pillowy white clouds, vast blue oceans, rainbow-hued flowers. Everywhere you look there’s something spectacular to see.
  • You have people (and probably animals) who love you. You are not alone.
  • Things you use every day were once considered the stuff of fantasy — computers and cars and instant access to information. Imagine what people from the 19th century would have to say about our lives?
  • Water comes right out of your tap. You don’t have to carry it or find it or boil it. It’s there anytime you need a drink or a bath, and it’s clean and delicious.
  • Tonight, you’ll sleep in a comfortable bed. Not on a dirt floor or the ground or a bench, but a nice, cozy bed.

What else would you add to the list? Tell me all about your blessings – I’m all ears! <3

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