Want to feel better on a Monday? Be grateful!

One of my favourite 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 do keep a reminder on my phone of how thankful I should always feel.

I snapped a picture of a health questionnaire that we had to fill out at our son’s health provider.

I leave you some examples for you as a quick reminder if, like me, you sometimes need a strong deterrent to the Monday Blues.

  • Asthma (the most common)
  • Diabetes
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Cancer
  • AIDS
  • Epilepsy
  • Spina bifida
  • Congenital heart problems

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 a number of these conditions snaps me right out of any self-pity I may indulge in.

A stronger motivation? The parents who are happy and grateful despite their children’s struggle with some of these health challenges. These parents (and their children) are my heroes!

How do you remain thankful? Leave me a comment with your tips and tricks, favourite quotes or Bible verses.

Other posts about gratitude: Grateful while spinning out of control

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