If we have uncomfortable memories of being forced as children to thank Aunt Sue for the ugly sweater or Grandpa for the gluey oatmeal, we don’t want to feel compelled into a duty. The good news from science is that gratitude can lead to chemical bodily responses that bring health benefits and longer life spans.
You shower me
with more blessings
than I could have ever imagined
and it lifts my spirits to count them.
Start a gratitude journal—any small notebook set aside specifically for the purpose of writing down what you’re thankful for. Today record your name, date, and at least one thing for which you’re thankful.