I've been thinking a lot about gratitude. I know it's coming up on the Thanksgiving season here in the United States, but I've been thinking about this topic for a little while. What am I grateful for? Why am I grateful? What could I be more grateful for? How can I develop gratitude? Psychology today says that, "gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has. It is a recognition of value independent of monetary worth. Spontaneously generated from within, it is an affirmation of goodness." We all go through things, every one of us. Sometimes things happen that make it reaaaaallllly hard for me to feel gratitude. Divorce, injury, accidents, stuff that's just not my fault can really bring me down. And that was such a bummer! I didn't like feeling like that, not as happy or content as I usually am. So I have started a gratitude journal that I fill out at work. One thing I'm grateful for, and one thing I will accomplish that day- it might be a personal thing to accomplish or something at work. And I've noticed that I have so much to be grateful for! Small things like a great song on the radio that I hadn't heard in awhile or big things like a medical test turning out all right. I also find that I actually accomplish the thing I write down! I've always been a list maker, it is so gratifying to cross things off and see what I've actually gotten done that day. Also I've noticed that my overall attitude is better. I'm more patient at home and work, I look for more good things in my daily life, I give others the benefit of the doubt. I think about things I am grateful for just a little bit more. And you know what? Taking care of myself, including doing my nails, makes me feel better about myself and better able to find things to be grateful for! Sometimes, a beautiful manicure just makes everything better. This is 786 Cosmetic's Samarkand that I've been showcasing in this post, as it's a GORGEOUS navy blue cream. I did 3 coats, 2 thinner ones and then a thick third coat. It didn't stain, either (I do wear base coat always, just in case!). Live your life with love in your heart and glitter on your nails!