I’ve heard my generation called “the Sandwich” people — raising our kids, often long into adulthood, and raising our parents, often longer into their old age. Some days all I can see is the struggle, the balancing act, the challenges. Other days I am better at appreciating that I have a family whom I love to be around me. It seems that when I see or read about the really lonely people, I can better remember to be grateful that my “problems” are too many loved ones, not too few.
Get your adult children to help out more! They are so often free-loading and trying to call themselves responsible adults while they “look” for work and eat from our fridges. I just think they should — and can — do more to lighten my load.
Many of my friends and I were raised by our grandmothers when our single mom’s had to work. They made our breakfasts, walked us to school and were there to hear about our day when we got home. Now it’s our grandparents who need some of that “raising” from us. Can’t be that’s such a big deal, can it?
Your instincts are good: using gratitude as a tool for building your own strength, resilience and to gain life perspective is an excellent way to undermine much of the struggle and angst people have who get overwhelmed with too much responsibility, even “too many people to love.”
Scientific research is proving that we humans benefit from “practicing” gratitude in at least the following ways:
* stronger immune systems
* lower blood pressure
* higher levels of positive emotions, that is more joy, optimism, and happiness;
* act with more generosity and compassion;
* feel less lonely and isolated.
Who among us wouldn’t want more of all that good stuff? Keep on being grateful.
WHAT DO OTHER PEOPLE FIND IS THE RESULT WHEN THEY CAN INVOKE MORE GRATITUDE, EVEN WHEN FEELING STRESSED?
Gratitude is absolutely the best. sometimes I forget in my busyness with mom. Another phrase that gets me through the hard days is that “things always happen when they’re supposed to”. I’m very lucky to have a supportive husband who helps with her.
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