One week ago, my family and I celebrated my father's 75th birthday. Even writing that number I find shocking (probably almost as shocking as my father finds reading it). Birthdays have always represented the most important of all celebrations in my family—more important certainly than any local or national holidays. What, after all, could be more important to celebrate for a person and the people who love him or her than the fact of their existence? For what should any of us be more grateful?
Even more than Thanksgiving, birthdays for me represent an occasion to feel gratitude for being alive. For this reason, every year on my birthday, I try to take a moment to list all the things for which I'm grateful. Of course, what makes the list changes year to year. The feeling of gratitude has been shown in studies to enhance subjective well-being, so in listing the thing below for which I'm grateful, I hope to encourage readers to do the same.
In no particular order, I'm grateful:
What things make your list?
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