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Other Things to be Thankful for"

By Gene Simmons

To help develop a positive perspective on life, for many years I've recommended that we take the time to make a "Gratitude Check - to make a list of those things we're happy about or thankful for. In case you would like to give it a try but are having difficultly getting past the "I woke up this morning", here are a few items you might consider putting on your list.

I am thankful that:

Our pet kitties don't weigh 300 pounds.

Trees don't poop.

Our arm and leg attachments to our bodies aren't reversed.

Clean water isn't normally a gray, murky color.

The sky isn't usually colored puce (Actually, I don't know what that color is - I just like the sound of the word")

Not everyone drives an SUV.

Spiders don't grow to be the size of small dogs.

We don't drink liquids only through our ears.

Cows can't fly (Yeah, yeah I know that's a really old one, but it's still worth including.)

We're not required to live in the same house with our boss.

Ice cream doesn't need to be heated to be eaten.

Not everyone is required to live in Kentucky - no exceptions. (OK, I know there's nothing wrong with Kentucky. I just felt it was a goofy concept")

We don't have to make love using only our noses.

Our household pets are not limited to armadillos.

Our fingernails don't grow on the bottoms of our fingers instead of the top.

Tomatoes don't taste like oranges.

Chickens can't talk.

TV programming doesn't consist entirely of reality shows.

Robin Williams isn't the President of the United States. (Come to think of it, that might not be a totally insane idea. Heck, I was hoping that they"d choose Will Smith for Pope")

Sequoias are not limited to a growth height of 3 feet.

Mouse burgers are not the only meat we have to eat.

We're not all hatched from eggs.

We're not all born with wings.

We're all not required to tattoo "Rock On on our foreheads.

We aren't required to listen to music produced entirely by bagpipes. (No offense intended toward bagpipers. How do you know if those things get out of tune? I've always wondered")

Not every place on earth looks like Oklahoma (Alright, settle down there's a lot of neat scenery in OK. I'm just being silly")

Hawaii isn't located in the Bering Strait.

Lawnmower racing isn't our national pastime.

We don't live in a time before duct tape. (I think it's funnier to think of it as "duck tape but I guess that would have a pretty limited use")

The preferred way to say "I love you is to not use the term "snarkums Poopsie!"

We all aren't required to walk around naked. (OK, you can let go of that image now")

Penguins are not all colored puce. (I told you - I just like the sound of the word geesh")

That we're not required to spend 8 hours a day reading silly stuff like this.

I hope this has been helpful to you"

About The Author

Gene Simmons, through, provides an easy reading self-help blog, articles, quotations, thoughts and links along with affordable self-help and self improvement books & materials - all designed to help folks find the road to a more enjoyable lifestyle, to pass on some of life's "secrets for survival in a chaotic world & offer a few smiles along the way. It's a down-to-earth, simple approach to discovering a better life. You can visit Gene at


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