What I'm Grateful For

Expressing gratitude is one of the most powerful things we can do in life

There’s no shortage of things to be grateful for in this world. Of course, the past year has made it difficult at times to acknowledge life’s joys, whether they be simple or profound.

I’ve struggled to maintain a daily practice Lauren and I started several years ago in which we express gratitude for a few things, no matter how small. I have no excuse beyond saying what you may feel to be true, as well: the world has just taken on a darker tint of late.

So, in the spirit of gratitude—and in recognition of the science that shows its ability to boost our happiness and health—I’m giving thanks.

I’m grateful for a stretch of sunny weather here in Seattle that has afforded us more opportunities for long walks.

I’m grateful for my friends, near and far, and for the friendships I’ve rekindled in text or Twitter threads.

I’m grateful for my family’s health, that my parents and sister are vaccinated, and that Lauren will get her first shot this week.

I’m grateful for Lauren’s prenatal care and the wonderful thought of a baby boy joining us this summer.

What are you grateful for? - MS


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