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The Sadness Diet© - Day 17 (Be Grateful Even When You Feel Sad)

Welcome Back

Thank you so much for joining in our Sadness Diet and the journey to happier times.

In everyday life, we realise that there is a time for every purpose under heaven, their will be times when we feel sad and times when we feel happy.

Yesterday we used the resources from and looked at why its good to enjoy a hug. I hope you managed to hug yourself and shared hugs with others.

Today we look at – Being Grateful even when you are feeling sad

Some days we wake up feeling excited and passionate about life and things are just great.

We then have days when we do not feel much motivated at all. When our best laid plans go out the window before the day has barely begun; or when something important unexpectedly goes wrong and we get that sinking feeling our your stomach, or when you feel sorry for yourself and honestly just want to go back to bed and to sleep again.

The old saying tells us to count our blessings, but sometimes that can be difficult to do.

Maybe the simplest and certainly one of the most effective ways to turn such a day, week or month around into something more positive and better is in my experience to turn your focus to gratitude.

Because even if things look tough today or for the next 3 or 6 months we can always find something or several things to feel very grateful for about our life. (

When you are grateful.......…

  • Have more energy and optimism

  • Are less bothered by life’s hassles

  • Are more resilient in the face of stress

  • Are healthier

  • Suffer less depression than the rest of us

  • Are more compassionate

  • Are more likely to help others

  • Are less materialistic

  • Are more satisfied with life.

Some of the Things I Am Grateful for Right Now in My Life
  1. I am alive and in good health

  2. I have wonderful children, family, church members and a network of fantastic friends

  3. A roof over our heads and a warm, loving and secure home

  4. Plenty of drinkable water when there are so many in the world with no access to clean water

  5. I have more than enough food to eat and to share with others

  6. Regular contract work

  7. I can enjoy the small and free pleasures of life.

  8. Access to the internet which has allowed me to learn so much and make so many new friends

  9. Being able to be happy and share happiness to others

  10. The setbacks that have formed me and made me stronger

  11. Great memories of my family and friends who are no longer with us

Activity 1

So now you need to sit down and just take a few minutes to write down all the things that you are grateful for in your life right now.

Take your time and each day just keep writing, for me it is therapy and I love going back and reading my gratitude list especially at times when I feel a bit down, it helps me to realise how blessed I truly am, especially in a world where so many are suffering and in need of the basics of life.

Thanks for taking part in the Sadness Diet, and I am grateful that you have given me the opportunity to share with you.

No matter what you are going through give yourself permission to SMILE.


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