Practicing gratitude means being thankful for what we have to the degree that we feel more kindness toward the world. It can effect positive changes in lives and research shows that people can augment their gratitude by counting their blessings and writing letters of thanks. This proactive acknowledgement can increase well-being, health, and happiness. Being grateful, especially expressing it, is associated with increased optimism, energy, and empathy.

A Rose Among Thorns

7CB652C0-03A2-4044-A0F6-EBA2669E0FECMy grandmother used to teach us, “If you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything.” What an amazingly simple concept that can be ridiculously difficult to follow. Such an approach to life leads to a positive attitude so one always finds the rose among thorns. My critical thinking over the years has definitely lead me astray sometimes, but I keep searching for that rose and how sweet the smell !!