My absolutely favourite thing right now is Cheri's pre-teen daughter Laura's journal cover, which Laura sent to me to show me the new gratitude journal she's started.
When the world says "give up",
hope whispers "try it one more time".
I started Grace in Small Things back in October 2008, a social network based on gratitude journalling, and it has turned out to be an incredible gift to my life. At the time, my cup had been less than half full to nearly empty for 35 years, and I was running out of the wherewithal to keep going the way I was.
I had always resisted the idea of starting a gratitude journal, because I lumped that kind of thing in with goopy, saccharine crap peddled in the growing self-help movement of the 80s and 90s. I can now, without a doubt, say that I was wrong, because my life is nothing like what it was four years ago. I've gone from an unemployed alcoholic who hates almost everything but kittens to a self-employed teetotaller who genuinely likes this being alive gig.
Laura's journal cover makes me grin every time I look at it, and I hope she keeps it up, because if gratitude keeps her heart open the way it has mine, her life will be incredible.
What's got you smiling today?