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Grumpy or Grateful?

On Monday of this week, I turned 51-years-old. And I’m OK with that.

I will confess, however, I had misgivings that morning when I found out what usually happens to people by the time they turn 52-years-old.

Do you know what it is?

A study by doctors reveals that when the average person turns 52, they officially become “grumpy.” Something happens physiologically and emotionally that can twist an otherwise good-natured person into an aging, grumbling person who has more aches, pains and offenses accumulating than positive thoughts.

In fact, the study went further. It reported that as people age, they laugh less. During infancy, a person laughs an average of 300 times a day. By the time we are teens, the number has dropped to 60 times daily. By 52, the number is 5 times a day. Ugh.  Wish I could laugh about that.

I’ve decided this Thanksgiving — I’m going to revolt against the norm. I am going to laugh. I am going to enjoy the moment. And… I am going to be grateful instead of grumpy. I believe gratitude can turn a meal into a feast. It can turn despair into hope. It can transform a negative attitude into positive one. And, it can change the fear of scarcity into the belief that the best days are ahead. It all boils down to where we focus our attention.

So, I’m inviting you to join me in my revolt. As you age, be mindful to include people around you each day (we are much more likely to laugh when we are around others). Be sure to consciously count your blessings and forget your hardships.

What do you say we start this revolt this Thanksgiving holiday?


1 Comment

  1. Dtrant on November 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I will be 55 this February Tim and I laugh more today than I ever have. Life is short so among all of the responsibilities of life….Let’s enjoy ourselves…I know God does. I think it lets out a really big belly laugh over some of the stuff we do around here. Your friend DeBee in San Diego.

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