An attitude of gratitude
by ALLISON CRYER
Science tells us that an attitude of gratitude is a good health choice and that being more grateful more often makes us happier and more optimistic.
All this month, many folks have been sharing what they are thankful for each day for the annual “30 days of thanks.” Although I am kind of late getting in to the game, I would like to share a few things that I am thankful for this year.
First off, I am thankful for the time I got to spend with my family this year on Thanksgiving Day. After many years of living away from home and missing out on holidays, birthdays and other familial milestones, I truly appreciate the extra time I get to spend with my family members now that I am living back in my hometown.
Also, I am thankful for a support system consisting of family, friends that treat me like family, and co-workers that I see more often than my family or friends and who have become an important part of my life these last few years.
I must admit, I was a little nervous about leaving city life and moving back to Jennings from Austin, but the community has welcomed me back with open arms and I have never felt more at home than I do today, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I am also thankful that I have a job that may be quite chaotic from time to time, but always seems to satisfy my need to be constantly challenged. I have experienced and accomplished more than I ever dreamed possible during the 22 months I have been working for the Jennings Daily News. For the first time in my life, I have a job that I feel pushes me to grow daily and to reach my maximum potential.
Another thing I am thankful for is the beautiful group of talented musicians and friends I see each week when my band the Atta-boys meet to blow off some mid-week stress. Our jam sessions are the highlight my week and give me something to look forward to when things get stressful at work.
I am thankful for the health of my two loving pets, Kurt and Felicity, who bring daily joy to my life, even when I don’t ask for it. After a busy day, their excited greeting can make any stress I might be having disappear in an instant.
I also thankful for my own health. As a reporter, I have had the opportunity to meet so many brave individuals struggling with disease, anxiety or even the loss of a loved one, and I am grateful to be physically and mentally able to do the things I want to do each day without pain or suffering.
I am thankful for my dearest friend, coffee, which gives me the artificial energy I need to accomplish everything on my lengthy to-do list each day.
I am thankful for my God-given talents of music and writing, without which I feel my life would be drab and boring. I am also thankful for my education, which has served as the foundation for success in everything I do today.
I have everything I need every day in order to live securely. I may not have everything I want yet, but I know I have everything that I need, and I am grateful for what I do have.
But most of all I am thankful that I get back 10 times what I give in life. I am thankful that I have so much to be thankful for. Gratitude is an attitude and should be made into a habit. Take the time everyday to share with those you love how much you appreciate their presence in your life. I assure you it will benefit both parties.
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