Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Making Gratitude Obligatory

When we sit at the table to talk about our day, I like to ask "What was the best part of your day?" It's a good question. Starting tonight, I am going to ask "What are you grateful for? Where did you find blessings?"

Repeated thoughts form grooves in your brain's web-like synapses (I only play a doctor to my daughter's scraped knees, so please forgive my non-scientific terms.)  Each thought repeated digs that groove over and over again. When you think about being grateful over and over and over again, you become more grateful--it's easier to think "I am grateful for [blank]."  Likewise, when you think "I am ugly/fat/stupid/lazy/lonely/sad/pathetic/loser/failure/dumbass/weakling/dirty/bad-mom/bad-wife/bad person--it's easier and easier to think that thought again and again. 

I want to make gratitude a mental obligation in my head and in my house. 

What was the best part of your day? To what/whom are you grateful? 

You feel better now, just thinking about it, don't you? 

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