teddyThe past few days I’ve seen people posting the things that make them thankful on Facebook. It is a meme that goes around every year. People do it for a month and then forget as they get busy with other things. I forget too.

That said, I’ve always liked the idea of a gratitude journal. For a while, I was keeping little slips of paper in a pretty, round box decorated with peacocks. I used to keep it on the mantle and each evening put in a little note of one thing for which I was thankful or one good thing that happened that day. That was until one day when Tedward the Giant Labradoodle decided to explore his feelings about gratitude by eating the box. Since then, I’ve never really gotten it together enough to start over.

As we enter the month of November, I have been thinking a lot about the good things in my life. October was a rough month for a number of reasons (dog surgery, spiritual malaise, aging parents, feeling like I’m drifting away from some parts of my life to make room for new ones), but I am determined to do what I can to make November happier and more productive. I think that will help me with the quest to be healthier that started this blog. Lately, I’ve felt so overwhelmed and adrift, I probably could have used an exercise in appreciating what I do have. So, here are nine random things that make me happy and for which I give thanks:

1. My dogs. The house is a little overrun with them, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love that all but one of them are rescues. It makes me feel good about the kind of person I am.

2. My mom. She drives me nuts, but I really do love her more than anything and can’t imagine not being her daughter.

3. Family. I am in the midst of the unexpected, but happy experience of reconnecting with a cousin I haven’t seen in 15 years and a niece I haven’t seen in even longer than that. Both happened independently and out of the blue, but it’s been nice to feel like I have family beyond my friend-family and my mom.

4.Getting to do my job from home. I have spent a lot of time over the years complaining about my job, but I have to say that I am really happy in it right now. I have a great boss, I am home officed. I can show up for work wearing cookie monster pajama bottoms and a fuzzy hoodie and no one bats an eye.

5. My friends. I may be an introvert, but somehow over the years I’ve managed to make some really good friends, many of whom are like family.

6. My kindle. It’s probably not good to get too materialistic, but I really do LOVE the endless supply of books and movies that are literally at my fingertips. Who knew a flat little screen could hold so much knowledge and joy?

7. My dog’s ophthalmologist. I know. I don’t even have an ophthalmologist, how did my dog score one? However it happened, I am SO thankful for him and his team. They are wonderful and have worked so hard to help take care of Lily and help her through her rocky recovery from cataract surgery. He even gave me his home number in case something happens on a day when he’s not working. Talk about caring!

8. Yogurette (look it up, it is DELICIOUS)! I only wish it were easier to find in the US.

9. New hair. I don’t know what it is about a new haircut and a new color, but it’s one of the best feelings ever!

What makes you happy?

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