How to feel better on Mondays?
Short answer: by being grateful
Long answer: keep reading to learn about the experience I had which led me to this conclusion!
This is one of my favorite quotes about gratefulness:
“It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy.”
(the source has never been confirmed)
This has been my mantra for many years; I have a million reasons for which to be grateful.
A few years ago, there was an internet sensation called the “gratitude journal”- it encouraged people to record 1000 reasons to feel thankful and to revert to the journal whenever they were feeling less than grateful.
I never took the time to embark on that journey ( even though I am a notorious list-maker). However, I keep a reminder on my phone of how thankful I should always feel.
My gratefulness reminder:
I snapped a picture of a health questionnaire that we had to fill out at our son’s healthcare provider.
Here is a partial list of ailments that can affect children.
- Asthma (the most common)
- Cerebral palsy
- Sickle cell anemia
- Cystic fibrosis
- Spina bifida
- Congenital heart problems
I leave these examples as a quick reminder if, like me, you sometimes need a powerful deterrent to the Monday Blues. Feeling thankful for the health of our children is an instant mood lifter, even on the darkest of Mondays. Realizing that there are children who suffer from several conditions snaps me right out of any self-pity I may be tempted to indulge in.
Do you need a stronger answer to How to feel grateful on Mondays?
Just think of the parents of the children who are struggling with these health challenges and yet remain happy and grateful, despite it being a Monday. These parents (and their children) are my heroes!
Other articles you might enjoy: 6 reasons to remain grateful on a difficult day.
Recommended Children’s Book on this topic: Philo, Rose and the Joy SuperHoly
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