When I was a teenager I read the books Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up. It introduced such a great concept in my life: gratitude. She suffers a lot in her life, but she plays the Glad Game – she always finds something to be glad about despite the circumstances.
I started “playing” it too: whenever I get sad or frustrated, I mentally list things that I am grateful for. It works wonderfully!
Here is what has been supporting me against negative thoughts and feelings:
- I am alive and healthy;
- My body is perfect;
- I am intelligent;
- I am a good person;
- I am loved;
- I am supported;
- I have a beautiful, loving family;
- I live in a comfortable house;
- I have free time to invest in learning and self-care;
- I have good people around me.
- I have options;
- I am free;
- I am not in need of anything;
- Nobody is perfect and nobody is the same;
- I’m on the right path;
- I am proud of and cherish my past;
- I am learning French and Dutch. Slowly, but I am.
And the little daily goodies:
- I’m grateful for the good weather;
- I’m grateful for this quiet walk in nature;
- I’m grateful for this delicious meal;
- I’m grateful for this nice nap;
- I’m grateful for the internet;
- I’m grateful for a bit of solitude and silence;
And so it goes…