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Seriously, Thanksgiving? [11-22-20]

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Let's be honest. None of us are as thankful as we should be some. Some of us are thankful most of the time. Most of us are thankful some of the time. But none of us are thankful all the time. Before we look at how to increase in gratitude, we're going to take a trip to negative land, exploring how to be miserable the rest of your life.

Here are some simple guidelines.

First, admit that thanksgiving isn't easy. Life isn't always fair. Just because you got a participation ribbon, doesn't mean you were good at it. Complain a lot about life being hard. When something bad happens to you, make sure people hear your lament, "Why do bad things always happen to me?" Be sure to stay in victim mode. You've had it bad…bad genes…bad upbringing…your ancestors had it bad…your family lived on the wrong side of the tracks…people aren't nice to you…you can never catch a break. If you can hear yourself in any of these, then you are well on your way to a

thanksgiving-less attitude.

Second, keep a journal. Oh, but not just any old journal of thoughts, feelings, or events. Keep track of everything that bugs you. Make a record of the slights, the slings and the arrows that come your way. That'll help you remember them as the years wear on. Here's a helpful hint - write down at least three things that irritate you daily. Nothing is too insignificant not to keep track of. If, by chance, you have a moment where something makes you happy, do two important things. Use your journal to review all the garbage in your life to drown out the happy moment, and then put it in the distant past so you'll have nothing positive to build on when you start your day tomorrow.