Grat Friday - Welcome to JuneHow grateful are you? Do you truly appreciate the good things in your life? I found a cool Gratitude Quiz over at Greater Good that’ll give you some insight into how grateful you are, and how much you take for granted.

I took the quiz and surprise, surprise: apparently I’m a “very grateful person.” The results elaborated, “You consistently practice gratitude in your life by focusing on what you have rather than what you don’t,” adding, “You also foster gratitude by comparing your situation in life to that of people who have less than you and by remaining mindful of how much harder your life could be.” Yeah, I guess that sounds pretty familiar in my case…would love to hear your results and how accurate you think they are.

Here are a few things from my gratitude journal this week:

>> Big hugs to a wonderful, long-time friend and fellow mama who reached out with support and advice about a dispute we’re having with the school district regarding appropriate accommodations for one of our hearing-impaired sons. She knows as well as I: don’t cross Mama Bear when it comes to one of her precious cubs…we will always prevail.

>> The most perfectly relaxing Sunday.

>> My husband. After 20 years, he’s still my best friend, an awesome father and my partner in reaching for the twinkling stars and slaying the mean dragons. I’m grateful for him every day, and I’m so happy that we got to have a rare three-hour weekday lunch escape at a delicious and romantic spot in NYC this week.

>> I’m so blessed to have a small group of amazing friends. I have difficulties, disappointments and challenges just like everybody else, although my nature is to put on a happy face and try to find silver linings so lots of folks just assume everything’s always dandy. I’m very grateful for my caring friends who know some of the behind-the-scenes stresses and check in on me to lend their sincere concern, support and cheer (like live-texting The Voice!). It means so much to me.

>> Having a really nice extended family. When my dad eventually remarried after my mom passed away, he connected us with a new family who shares our love of life, laughter and celebration. We genuinely enjoy each other’s company, and I’m grateful to be able to share in their joys, as well as have them share in ours.

What are you feeling grateful for this week?


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