“Complaining about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joy.” - @mantramagazine

This came across my Instagram feed this morning and hit home. Raising hand. Guilty.

Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the negative chatter and focus on what’s going wrong instead of all of the things that are going right. The positive things. Why is that?!! If we could just reverse our thinking, I feel like we’d all be so much happier!

The caption that went along with the quote talked about how by constantly complaining about everything we don’t like just seems to bring us more of what we don’t want! It talked about what a life-changing thing it is to practice GRATITUDE. It suggested and encouraged first thing in the morning and throughout the day, name 10 things you’re grateful for. Said it shifts everything. Even suggested practicing this with our children as well.

What an awesome idea.

I’m in.

So here’s my list for today.

10 things I’m grateful for right now:

  1. Good health. And since 2017 (click here for that story) I’m very aware of that on the daily and feel truly blessed for every day that is a good day.

  2. Good health for my children and my husband. My son broke his arm last week. Talk about a wake-up call of appreciation for good health. And how we’ve gone nine years as parents without more than an ear infection is beyond me. Thank you, God.

  3. My home. I love my home. It’s honestly my dream home. It’s warm and cozy and filled with pretty things and the people I love. I grew up with divorced parents and never really felt ‘settled’. I used to long for the day I’d have my own place. One address. Mine. I got there and I’m so grateful for it.

  4. My job. Yes, behind-the-scenes there is a LOT going on that most people don’t know about. I won’t even get into it because fact is, it’s not important in the bigger picture. But, I have a great job. A fun job. A stable job. I get to do a lot of cool things because of my job. I extra love that I get to be a voice in the community. I am trying to use my voice for good. I’m proud of that.

  5. My car. Yep.. It’s safe. It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. I can remember the days of driving a piece of crap that was all I could afford at the time and praying that I’d make it to my next destination. No… like literally PRAYING!

  6. Food. The ability to go to the grocery store and buy the things our family needs and enjoys. Back in the day when I was truly living paycheck to paycheck (barely), I can remember when my mom would slip me some extra cash, knowing that I was doing my best to make it. A boost. I’ve never forgotten that and have thanked her many times over the years since then. I’d sometimes cry a little — just having that extra bit of help. I’ve tried to pay that forward to different people. I’ve been there. I get it. It feels good to be the person my younger self needed to someone else.

  7. Clear skin. Yeah, that kinda came out of nowhere, right?! But I was thinking about that as I put on my make-up today. In my 30’s, I went through this super weird hormonal phase where I had bad cystic acne. Painful, huge under the skin. I was so self-conscious about it. I feared it would last forever.

  8. My dogs. I love them. They really do calm me and give me joy. Their love is so unconditional. Dogs rule.

  9. My journey. I believe with all of my heart that every single thing we go through in life leads us to the next place which is exactly where we need to be and right on time. No regrets.

  10. Chocolate. Because… duh!

Jennifer Waldman