As November comes to a close, the season of thanks does not. Gratitude is healthy. Both empirical and anecdotal evidence supports this. Finding appreciation for things in your life is good for you mentally, emotionally, physically and socially.
Everyone has heard the anthem, “I’m grateful for my friends and family.” We need a little more. How about your toilet? We would be squatting behind a bush and wiping with leaves if we didn’t have toilets and toilet paper. Thank you! Thank you to the inventor of the toilet. Thank you to all of the people who for so many years only had nature or outhouses to relieve themselves. These are the people who desired something more and better, easier and cleaner. Enter the toilet, the bathroom, toilet paper, SOFT, non-abrasive toilet paper, automatic flushing…it gets better and better.
Around every corner is something to appreciate. And once you get the ball rolling, you can take it pretty far. Thank you for rice that feeds so many, so easily and inexpensively. Thank you for the land and the paddies that the rice grows in. Thank you for the rain that helps the rice grow. Thank you to the rice growers who farm and process the rice (protein people: substitute meat for rice). Thank you for spoons to eat the rice and forks and knives, for that matter. Thank you for salt that enhances the flavor of rice and nearly every other food.
Look around, start as soon as you get up. Thank you for this shower, this warm water, this soap (soap’s a big one!). Thank you for towels and hair dryers and brushes and floors to walk on…tile, wood, carpet. Thank you for clothes and underwear.
You aren’t going to feel grateful all the time, but be on the look-out for things to appreciate, and when the mood strikes, make mental lists. The domino effect will keep the ball rolling. More and more things will pop up day after day for you to feel grateful for, especially if you start thinking outside the box. Thank you, Toilet!!
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