Gratitude – A Happy Habit

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Being grateful isn’t always easy. Especially in the middle of the challenges and chaos that can come with parenting.

But when we focus on the roses, instead of the thorns…

(one of the roses on my favorite rosebush in our yard)

somehow,

the thorns don’t seem so big,

or sharp,

or bothersome.  :)

If you’re local to the Sacramento area, join me over at Sacramento Moms Like Me this Thursday, June 2nd for a Live Web Chat: Gratitude – A Happy Habit. (7-8pm, PST) I’ll be talking about how thankfulness can can help us beat stress, parent better, and lead healthier and happier lives. I’d love to see you there!

In the meantime, here are a few good quotes:

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.”  ~Gerald Good

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”  ~Epictetus
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”  ~Frank A. Clark
And some great books:
One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp
Growing Grateful Kids, by Susie Larson
What about you? Do you have any “being grateful” tips to share? Have you read Ann Voskamp’s book? Do you have a gratitude journal? I’d love to hear about it!

And if you are visiting from Wordful Wednesday, welcome! Be sure to leave a comment and say hi so I can visit you and return the favor!

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