Gratitude and Joy

Day 345 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Nice … Or Naughty?

I am constantly being asked how I stay so happy. On more than one occasion I’ve been asked, “Don’t you ever get mad?” or “Doesn’t anything really upset you?” That’s an easy, “Of course!” from me.

As a writer of a blog about gratitude and joy, it’s pretty obvious I can find a silver lining anywhere. It’s not always easy, but it is always there. I tell people all the time that happiness is a choice — not an easy one — but a choice. That said, sometimes I choose something else. Life, after all, is about balance.

Life is about balance. (Photo:

My kids will tell you I most certainly got a lot of the anger and irritation out of my system when they were little. Kids can really push your buttons, after all. They learned there are repercussions for their actions (or inaction) while I learned it’s not always easy to find anything even closely related to joy when you are really mad.

Pouting teenagers can crawl up under anyone’s skin. (Photo:

If you’re still wondering if I’m always happy, consider this: I’ve been divorced twice. Neither was amicable. I don’t know who said it first, but the quote, “Those who say money can’t buy happiness have never been divorced” rings true for me. Revenge is often sweet … just ask a country music writer. 

“I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all four tires …” from “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood.

You have to let yourself feel the bad emotions, or the good ones simply don’t mean as much. I truly believe what you send out into the world comes back to you, so I try really hard to send out happiness. I’m always humbled and grateful when someone recognizes my name and tells me how much they enjoy reading my blog every day. This time of year, especially, I try to make sure I end up on Santa’s “nice” list, but I know better. Sometimes I get an entry or two on the “naughty” one.

Pretty sure I’m on this one in a couple of places.

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. You can’t be happy ALL the time, but you can try.

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