Today is my 31st anniversary. What crazy ride the past 31 years have been. Today I am grateful for my husband… who as I am writing this post is in the kitchen doing the dishes because he can and because he knows I hate washing dishes.
One thing I have learned over the past 31 years is that gratitude is good for your marriage. The one thing I know for sure is that expressing gratitude for your spouse helps everything – especially helps to develop a more positive perception of them. We have had our share of rough road along this journey. However, my first experiment with gratitude helped me change my perspective as I practiced expressing gratitude more often. I also learned that the simple act of expressing my gratitude for something led to John repeating said action… dishes for example.
Expressing gratitude creates an “up draft” of positive actions where we are both feeling uplifts. It’s a win/win.
Today I am grateful for the white roses he got me, and the chat in the car, in the dark, looking at the river while we ate Mexican take out. I am grateful for one more year to work on getting it right.
Today I am grateful that Hannah and Lilli ran around with me to the Dollar General, a craft store and Target for my wild hair Christmas projects.
Today I am grateful for rain… and how cool it sounds on my roof over my deck John created for me. I am grateful he is willing to take on new projects and to learn new skills to create nice spaces at our house.
What are you grateful for today?