November 10, 2010 at 8:07 am , by Julie Bain
I met Jen Singer at a writer’s conference and became a fan of her blog, where she describes herself as “the mother of two boys who talk to me through the bathroom door.” We got to talking about the holiday season and how it’s fashionable to keep a gratitude journal. As LHJ’s health editor, I have to point out that expressing what you’re thankful for has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, help you sleep better and make you feel more happy. But we already know all the obvious ways: yes, we’re grateful for our families, our health, our jobs (if we’re lucky enough to have them). But beyond the big stuff, what about those unsung simple pleasures that can really make your day? For me, for example, I love that on these bright, dry, crisp days of November, my hair doesn’t frizz. Here’s Jen’s list. What’s on yours?
10 THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR THIS NOVEMBER
By Jen Singer
1. Chilly weather is an excuse to drink chocolate.
2. I no longer spend my extra “fall back” hour explaining to a toddler why 4:30 a.m. is an ungodly time to awaken for the day.
3. Mom jeans may be inheritable but, luckily, there is a cure.
4. I didn’t grow up at a time when every bad perm, lousy boyfriend and stupid choice (i.e. “upside-down margaritas,” belly shirts) are chronicled online forever.
5. “Forgot My Password.” Because too often, I do.
6. The Halloween candy is gone (except for the emergency stash I keep behind the coffee maker. Shhhhh.)
7. My wrinkles mean I have smiled a lot in the sun.
8. Politicians have stopped sending me mail—until 2012.
9. Nobody is wondering why I haven’t sent out Thanksgiving cards.
Okay, now it’s your turn. What’s on your list?
Jen Singer is the editor-in-chief of MommaSaid.net and the author of five books. She is also grateful that this week is her third anniversary in remission from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We say cheers to that!