So, I try not to hide the fact that I have had trouble with alcohol. It’s a part of my history and I think that it’s shaped who I am today. If it wasn’t for those battles I wouldn’t be as tough as I am and I also think that I would be less understanding.

But one of the most important things that I’ve learnt about in recovery is the need to be grateful for everything that is put in your path. It’s so easy to grumble and moan when actually there is so much good in our lives.

I try to write lists or at least spend a little time each day making a mental list of all the things that I am grateful for that day. Some days it could be just that I got out of bed feeling healthy and I woke up my son and he was healthy and able to get off to school. There is no need for anything big to be happening in order to be grateful.

Writing things down can be time consuming but it is really helpful to see the words written down and it’s always good to be able to look back over previous lists on days when you are feeling down and thinking that there is nothing good in your life. If you really don’t have the time to write then try and carve out some time to think about a list. I like to run most days and I spend a good potion of this time trying to think what I’m grateful for and having some one on one time with God. You could also use your daily commute to work or your walk to the shops. Any time when you are on your own and can think without disruption is good.

Things that you might be grateful for are:

Your health

Your family

Your friends

Nice weather

An upcoming holiday

A beautiful sunset or sunrise

A TV programme that you enjoy is being aired

A writer that you like is releasing a new book

And soooooo many other things that are too plentiful to list right here.

My point is that just a few things on your list can help you look at life from a different angle and help you to get through a tough time or enjoy a good time just a little bit more. Just try it for a few days a week and maybe continue the practice for a month. I am sure that you will see the benefits and when you’re happier you send out happier vibes into the wotld and make it into an all round better place to live!

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