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I can’t tell you when I wrote my first list of things that made me feel grateful. (Oprah probably convinced me I needed to do it on one of her shows back in the 90s.) I can tell you when I made it a regular practice, though.
I began writing daily gratitude journal entries during the most miserable time in my life.
In 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer while 34 weeks pregnant with my second child. Overnight, life changed from feeling comfortable, secure, and full of promise, to feeling like it might be over soon.
I’d never really thought too seriously about my mental health before, but when I was sick I had no choice. I started to lose it. I hated my life. I hated my friends and family who all got to go on as normal. I couldn’t stop feeling unbelievably angry.
Then I flipped the script
I made a list of the silver linings of my cancer diagnosis–the good things I’d never have experienced if I hadn’t gotten sick. Included on the list:
- Learning I had a larger, kinder support system than I’d ever imagined
- Having several hours of uninterrupted quiet time every week as I sat in the chemo chair
- Rocking a nether-region as hairless as a porn star’s with no need for a Brazilian wax