A Review of Gratitude

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d write something a bit different today, in lieu of the usual book review. Each of us can find much for which to be grateful, and this is the time of year to remember those things. I’ve shared some of my own personal moments of gratitude, along with a few resources that may help you as you make your own list.

I am thankful for my ability to run. Many people are blessed with this ability; however, there are many who are not. Without regular running, I become less happy and more stressed. As I take every step, I count myself lucky to be outside, on my own two feet. [Learn more with Build Your Running Body.]

I am infinitely grateful to be mother to a super sweet daughter. Being a parent comes with its own trials, as well as its own blessings. I’m so thankful that I get to teach her so many things, and also that I learn so much from her on a daily basis. [Want a few tips for your own kiddos? Try Toddler Rules.]

I am thankful for our two cats, and also the 10 years I spent with our dog and our calico cat, both of whom died this year. Sometimes it can be difficult to look past that last sadness, but remembering so many fun walks along the creek and running in the backyard brings forth so much joy. [If you are coping with the loss of a pet, check out Going Home.]

I am grateful for my (mostly) stable family. In spite of occasional sibling spats and some chaotic commotion, we all still love each other and work together to have a wonderful holiday season and a wonderful year. [If you’d like to read about a fictional family who may be more dysfunctional than your own, try Sharp Objects.]

Finally, I am ever so thankful for the world we live in. While there is much darkness, there is even more light to be found. [Get a new perspective with An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.]

As we enter the holiday season and the year draws to a close, I hope you find more light than darkness — and if you need some help finding that light, we at the Hays Public Library can help. Thank you!

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