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Re: Overcoming Practical Pessimism

Aug. 31 at 8:29am | see this comment in context

I meant "suspicious", not "superstitious". Stevie Wonder's song was going through my head and I was tired, having been up late working on home schooling stuff.

Re: Overcoming Practical Pessimism

Aug. 31 at 1:45am | see this comment in context

Thanks Devra. I once heard statistics stating that people who listed three things they were grateful for everyday, were happier and less likely to have depression. So everyday at the end of our family prayer time, we used to have each person name three things they were grateful for. This probably would work best at dinner time since it often led to great conversation and laughter. Also bc our family is large, this lasted for about an hour to 40 minutes! After reading this blog, I've restored this habit, but we name one thing rather than three. Conversation and laughter continues, and we have the ocassional child who wants to list more, God love them. I've managed to hold firm so that the children can go to bed at a decent hour..theoretically anyways. Maybe they are doing it on purpose just to stay up longer? Oops! That was rather superstitious of me! But I still tell my daughters not to go to the gas station at night, and while I've resigned myself to expect each child's angel to intervene, I still sometimes worry about those pennies that always seem to be on the floor no matter how diligent I am.

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