A recent news report revealed that happiness is directly related to gratitude. That makes sense, right? If you are grateful for what you have, you don’t waste precious energy wanting what you don’t have. And it’s that sense of “want” which makes so many of us grouchy, restless, and sad.
So, in the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday (okay, I know today is Halloween but I like to think ahead,) here’s a list of just a few things I’m grateful for, in no particular order:
- Black coffee (Okay, that actually does belong at the top of the list.)
- My little, white dog who is so dumb but so cute and my big, red dog who totally understands sarcasm.
- The post-it note my oldest daughter stuck to my computer after I’d expressed concern over my latest deadline. It says, “I believe in you.” Really, that’s all that matters.
- Any man with a Scottish/Irish/English accent. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what he looks like. I’m that easy.
- The smell of a book. When they invent a scented Kindle, I’ll be all over that.
- Glittery Christmas decorations. The tackier, the better. That’s my policy.
- The sound of my daughters playing together and laughing. Currently they are making a movie that includes a very complicated tango scene. It’s riveting.
- That one night when I fit into that one pair of jeans and looked really good. (It was like, fifteen years ago but I cherish the memory!)
- A blank screen, so full of possibilities.
- A full screen, so I can see I’ve accomplished something.
- When someone says I’ve written something that made them laugh. Out loud. That means more to me than if you tell me I’m beautiful, that my kids are brilliant, or that Bono wants to sing a duet with me.
- My husband’s perpetual indulgence of me being myself.
- Spell check.
- Naturally curly hair. (It’s actually a love/hate kind of relationship.)
- Flannel sheets, warm from the dryer, before the dogs have gotten them all hairy.
- Google. How did people learn about products made from ostrich feathers and how much a cast iron school bell weighs before Google?
- Old movies I would watch with my mom, like Brigadoon and The Quiet Man.
- Celebrating my first release day for CRAZY LITTLE THING, and looking forward to my December release of HIGHLAND SURRENDER.
- Old friends who have known me for most of my life, and new friends who I’ll have for the rest of my life. (You know who you are!)
- The blessing of optimism that each new day can be a good day.
- Did I mention coffee?
TRACY BROGAN writes funny contemporary stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary love, and also stirring historical romance full of political intrigue, damsels causing distress, and the occasional man in a kilt. She is a two-time RWA® Golden Heart finalist and both her recent romantic comedy debut,
have earned 4-Star Reviews from RT magazine.
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