Gratitude is the Antidote for Painful Feelings?

“An antidote is a substance which can counteract a form of poisoning.”
– some dictionary

I get a lot of self-help emails in my box.

I signed up for it, but I get mad at it.

Doesn’t it know I can’t read everything?

But, today I got an email about how gratitude is the antidote for our poisonous painful feelings.

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Really?  Is it that simple?  Is feeling grateful simple?  Especially for a whiner like me?

Well shit, if I had known this, I would have given it a try.

No eye of newt to find and gouge out, no waiting for a full moon to dance under, no swinging of dead chickens….

Just.

Be.

Grateful.

This goes hand in hand with my post from a different email blast I’m subscribed to that said holding onto pain is a form of self-abuse.  Read it here:  Holding on to old pain

The trick is to make a daily ritual to acknowledge the gratitude — write it down, or speak it out loud, or pray.

The email suggested writing each thing you’re grateful for on a strip of paper.  Then collect them throughout the year and read them on New Year’s Eve.

I dig this idea.

I found an antique glass water bubbler in my basement when I was moving.  I took it with me.  It just sits at my new place, empty and see-through.  I think it would be a perfect place to store those strips of collected paper.

Let’s get this figured out, shall we?  I’m looking at you, me.

 

 

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