This morning I woke up feeling just a little off. I stood staring aimlessly out the window at the gray and gloomy landscape; the cold air crept around the window sill and wrapped around my neck making me shrug my shoulders in defense. I felt downtrodden and thought briefly about going back to bed. Just then, my cat lowered her head and leaned into my leg with a thud and uttered a raspy good morning meow. I looked down at her, said “thanks” and then I smiled.
We walked together over to the computer together and as I am oft to do, started meandering around the web. The first post I clicked through to was this one: Better Mood from Gratitude: 2 Minute Execise – Start Now! The post has evidence showing that gratitude, expressed in simple form on a weekly basis, increases your happiness.
Seriously? I sat staring at the page, mindlessly scratching my cat behind her ears. “I have to do this”, I thought.
Three Thanks is a place for us to simply jot down three things for which we are thankful every week. Simple things are often the hardest to do, so I hope we can do this together. We’ll have a post up every Monday morning to get it started, and sometime over the week you’ll reply in the comments with yours.
So .. let’s get started. Admittedly, today I’m feeling a little “meta” about this, but the best part is there are no wrong answers. So here are mine:
- My healthy family (including the cats, now both soundly asleep again)
- My dear friends (who encourage and hold me up even when I have crazy ideas like this one)
- WordPress (for making this so damn easy to do)
What are you thankful for?
Don’t overthink it .. we’ll be here every week. Just jot down three thanks and we’ll look back in a year happier, trust me.