Thanksgiving has past. This is my final thank you in this 2012 series. I do my best to live everyday in thanks. I am truly thankful to readers, children, musicians, colleagues and many others.

And, I am thankful for the future. Whether it is a minute, an hour, a week, a year, or 50 years the time remaining in my life is a future. It is more joyous when there is gratitude.

Regularly taking time for gratitude is also powerful for our health and wellbeing. In other words, there is a positive effect to exercising our gratitude muscle.

Does this mean I only see the positive? Absolutely NOT. We all have those moments where everything seems to go wrong, that we feel sad, that life feels overwhelming. Usually a deep breath, a moment to problem solve, an opportunity to put things in perspective is helpful.

Not being able to return to a place of gratitude can indicate a need. It might indicate a need for regular sleep. When we are tired and worn down it can be more difficult to find the positive. It might indicate the need for support by a friend or a professional. Their perspective can be helpful.

So this is not a final thank you. Rather it is a transition to sharing more ideas to spark a joy-filled and thankful life.

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