My brother-in-law Rhett, wakes up every morning and proclaims to the world around him,"This is going to be a great day! I'm so grateful to be a part of this day." I learned this bit of info from his wife( my sister) last week who says their 3-yr-old now wakes up in the morning announcing what a great day it is. That very same day, after talking with my sister, I received an e-mail newsletter from Scrapgirls.com in which the editor shared a quote:
"Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body."
Now most of my family members know that I can be a stress-case about disease and healthful living. I have spent various eras of my life experimenting with different tools of "sickness-prevention." (currently I am a firm believer in drinking a nice cup of "Night-Time Airborne" every evening before bed. - I am also a firm believer in the placebo effect!) But, according to Mr. Addison, "cheerfulness" is the best concoction for me. (I've read numerous articles sharing the same type of info but it is hard to remember when you're sweeping the kitchen floor for the tenth time that day!)
Anyway, I'm sharing this because it seems the cosmos are sending me a message that they want me to be more cheerful -and I've decided that they are right. What a great way to live one's life! Sure it's not always easy, but I need to put a lid on all my whining and choose to be happier. So I am endeavoring to try.
I've been experimenting this week. For two days I have woken up and said, "This is going to be a great day. I am so grateful to be a part of this day,"( this is my new mantra-thanks Rhett) and so far it's working really well. The dishes aren't done, I have a mountain of laundry to do, grocery shopping and numerous other yucky things on my agenda- but I'm feeling pretty happy about it all.
I've decided happiness is my choice- and from now on I am going to choose it. After all I have a lot to be happy about, and if my kids don't learn how to be grateful and upbeat from me, who will they learn it from?