Why I’m Grateful for Singing in the Shower, Star Trek, and Straws

 In Better Life, Focusing on the positive

I agree.  These sound like very strange things to be grateful for, but let me explain.  The reason I listed “singing in the shower,” is because my 10-year-old daughter loves to belt out a song while taking her shower.  This warms my heart and makes me smile.  It tells me she’s happy and enjoying life, which makes me feel incredibly grateful.  

Star Trek, both “The Next Generation” and “Voyager,” made the list because we’ve been having so much fun watching all the old episodes on Netflix together as a family.  All three of us enjoy them, and they usually have an interesting life lesson or philosophical question. I’m so grateful it’s a show we can all agree on and share together.  We’ve certainly struggled with finding shows we all like in the past! 

It may sound weird to be grateful for straws, but I have a genetic tremor that causes my hands to shake.  It runs in my family.  It can be an inconvenience, but it also makes me self conscious when I’m trying to drink from a glass when I’m around other people.  Tipping a full glass to my lips can take two hands, but a straw makes the problem much easier.

I challenge you to keep an eye out for unusual things you’re grateful for.  We often limit ourselves to the usual stuff like our health, our family, our home. . .  These are great but we could add a little fun by making a game out of it.  It also shifts our thinking because we’re on the lookout for the good stuff around us.  

I would love to hear some of the things you find!  Please share below in the comments.

Tina Hallis, Ph.D., is founder and owner of The Positive Edge, a company dedicated to helping individuals and organizations increase their positivity to improve the quality of people’s work lives and the quality of company cultures.

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