I am a firm believer in counting my blessings. I have a few friends who believe that too. ;-)
If one is disciplined in this practice, I believe one's heart (mind, will, emotions) fills with optimism and happiness, crowding out self-pity, envy, and depression*.
In Jr. High, my chorus sang the song, Happiness, [click for link] from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. It describes what "happiness is:"
- five different crayons
- two kinds of ice cream
- knowing a secret
- learning to tell time
- finding a nickel
While Charlie Brown and friends sing about happiness, they are really proclaiming that a thankful heart breeds happiness. Which segues into another song, a la Veggie Tales [click for link].
Madame Blueberry is never satisfied with what she has, and therefore is (fill in the blank) . Yes, children, the answer is unhappy. It is the poor, simple family who reminds her that a thankful heart is a happy heart.
People notice happy people.
People envy happy people.
Envy no more.
The answer is here.
Have a blessedly Happy Thanksgiving,
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.
1 Timothy 4:4
*Just clarifying so I don't get messages about this, I am referring to being depressed, not the clinical kind of depression, which can't usually be solved solely with the formula mentioned.