Count your blessings.
- Practice gratitude. It will develop and grow like a muscle with exercise. Journal it, pray it, say it, love it, live it. Find your way(s) to practice it.
- I’ve noticed people posting blessings on Facebook for the month of November. GREAT! Much nicer than reading those purposefully-vague FB posts that go something like, “Cannot believe what just happened to me…” or “Some people just don’t get it … but they’ll get theirs someday.”
- Give a shout-out to the Big Man Upstairs for a blessing noted.
- Tell people, “Thanks!” Sincerely. Or go a step farther and say, “Hey – that was really nice! I appreciate that.”
- Notice the sky at sunrise &/or sunset. The colors have been gorgeous!
- Blessings are everywhere. It is up to you to acknowledge them.
Take deep breaths.
- Pause. Don’t respond or reply too quickly. Give your mind time to catch up with (or get ahead of) your mouth.
- When I feel myself holding my breath or breathing shallowly, I know I have to consciously tell myself to breathe! Just breathe! This too shall pass.
- If you can get by with it (without looking like you’re hyperventilating or trying to summon the Dali Lama), shut your eyes and breathe deeply.
- Let go of the need or desire to be right. “Winning” sometimes costs a lot.
- Even better…Go outside and breathe deeply. Unless it is near A) a pig farm or B) someone burning leaves or C) where the kitties and doggies go pooie. I have actually had the misfortune of taking a deep breath, only to wrinkle my whole face up like a wilted, dehydrated apple.
Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. ~ Mark Twain