One of Jane Kenyon's poems begins "I got out of bed / on two strong legs. / It might have been / otherwise." Review your list from above. Is there anyone or anything you've forgotten?
When you feel least thankful, you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. If you're having a bad day, what is the smallest thing you can be grateful for? If you can think of nothing else, think of your breath.
Show your gratitude. Who can you thank today, and how will you show your appreciation?
Studies have shown that people who keep a gratitude journal are happier, more optimistic and even work out more. Commit to listing five things daily for one week. Then report back on how the list is making a difference in your life.
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 8, 2013