There are so many people who recommend keeping gratitude journals—simple lists of things for which we are grateful. Studies have shown that people who are grateful are happier and less stressed; have better relationships with family, friends, and colleagues; and are healthier.
This week, I’ll keep it brief. I am grateful that the holidays are over! I did enjoy the various activities this year much more than last year, but I am glad to slow down. I am thankful for family time, for seeing nieces, nephews, and their children. I am thankful for the delicious food (I ate too much). And I am thankful for the birth of Jesus even though that birth also leads to death and ultimately the resurrection.
I am grateful for the quietness of this week. I am enjoying the time to walk around the ponds, to enjoy the beauty of creation.