As I’m writing this, it’s Thanksgiving Day. If there ever was a day to be grateful, it’s today. But as I’m typing this, I’m thinking about the quiche in the oven, the pet that hasn’t gotten fed, the crying baby, the relatives who aren’t here to help. Instead of gratitude, I feel overwhelmed.

When everything’s going well in my life, gratitude is easy. I can fill up the pages in my journal with my good fortune-the great job, the loving friends, the fun day. But when things are hard, I focus on the things that aren’t going right. Gratitude goes out the window with my good mood.

Our bloggers reminded me this week that you don’t need a perfect life to be grateful. A friendly smile is just as worthy of gratitude as the big promotion. The food on the table just as wonderful as a luxurious trip. Happy people aren’t luckier than the rest of us. They’ve just learned how to find pearls in every circumstance. You’ll find ample things to be grateful for in our top posts below no matter what you’re going through.

{Flickr photo by Julie Jordan Scott}

{Flickr photo by Julie Jordan Scott}

The New Science of Smiling (It’s More Powerful than You Think)
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – It’s the one tool you have in your arsenal to heal physical and emotional stress you didn’t think of. Read how something as simple as a smile can change your life.

Holiday Social Anxiety: 7 Survival Tips
(The Psychology of Success) – The holidays can exacerbate issues you have with others and within yourself. How do you cope? Learn what you can do to get through the holidays with your self-esteem intact.

Surviving A Family Tragedy: Suicide, Loss, & Grief
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – A mother describes her painful journey with the unthinkable-losing her son to suicide. You will find solace, support and hope here.

What To Do If You Don’t Feel Grateful
(Cultivating Contentment & Happiness) – It’s not easy to feel grateful if you’re going through a hard time, in a difficult relationship or just haven’t gotten much sleep. But as this post shows, you don’t need to be grateful to express gratitude. Learn how to exercise that muscle and you’ll surprisingly have more things to be grateful for.

Cultivating Gratitude Every Day
(Weightless) – Sometimes we need a reminder to extend gratitude not just today, but every day. Read these inspiring quotes to cultivate more gratitude in your own life.