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Be grateful, even when times get tough

The holiday season is on us. We start to put lights , Christmas music begins to play and we dig out our favorite Christmas movies. On Facebook, our friends are starting to post things that they are grateful for.

For many citizens throughout the United States, times are hard. Jobs are tough to come by, and many of us are struggling financially.

I know people who have been unemployed for the last two or three years. I have an acquaintances who fought to sport his wife and four kids.

In today’s world, it is very easy to overlook the positive things in life that we should probably be more grateful for.

My hope for us during this holiday season is that we will focus on the positive even though it may be easy to look at the negative. Focus on things that you can be grateful for, because we have many things to give thanks for even though we may not always see them.

This is my favorite time of year. I enjoy the end of November when we celebrate the pilgrims settling in America and when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.

This is a time of thanksgiving. It’s a time of gratitude, and it could not have come at a better time.

It comes at a time when the unemployment rate continues to increase. It comes at a time when it seems as though things aren’t going to get better anytime soon.

Choose to focus on the small blessings that we see in our lives. We have many reasons to be thankful this holiday season including our health, friends and family.

The more grateful we are, the happier and healthier we can be. If we write down the things that we are thankful for in a journal or on a piece of paper,  we can keep it and have something to look at whenever times are getting hard and we feel discouraged.

The “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlet says, “Live with a spirit of thanksgiving and you will have greater happiness and satisfaction in life.”

I am often tempted to make statements such as, “If only this would happen, then I would be happy.” Sometimes I ask the question, “Why does this have to happen to me?”

It is very easy to wonder why certain things are happening to us and why things have to be so hard for us right now. But we need to think positively and realize that happiness comes when we choose to be happy. When we choose to be grateful, even for the little things, we are happier.

With Thanksgiving soon on us, we should choose to be grateful. We need to focus on how fortunate we are to live in a free country and to live in a place where we are free to speak our minds.

Remember that there is always going to be someone who is worse off than you are. Choose to be grateful.

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