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The Glad Game

The Glad Game

The very name “Pollyanna” has come to mean someone who is
eternally upbeat and optimistic, who spreads positivity and
good will wherever she goes. Before you decide that such
unremittingly cheerful behavior is truly nauseating and deserves
a good smack, think of this: people who take time every day to
count their blessings are truly happier (and live longer) than
those who don’t.

So spread a little good cheer in the New Year with this great game that helps you to focus on the glad, not the bad. Your heart–and everyone who knows you–will be grateful. It only takes a minute.

You can play this game when you’re driving in your car, or taking a walk, or sitting at your computer–pretty much under any circumstances.

Start small: just think of ONE THING that you’re glad for. Maybe it’s the taste of the special coffee that Aunt Ruth from Winnetka sent you for Christmas. Maybe it’s the fact that the holidays are over. Perhaps you have a new love in your life, or an interesting new project to work on. Or you could be glad for your family, or your dog or cat. Really think about whatever it is for a moment. Allow yourself to smile over it. Feel your heart open and glow with gratitude for whatever it is.

That’s it. But tomorrow, try thinking of two things you’re really, truly glad for. Expand the field of your gratitude every day. Really take time to appreciate the many many blessings you enjoy. You’re alive: you have the capacity to be a beneficial and positive presence on the planet. You are needed–or you wouldn’t be here. Enjoy this life that you have been given! And be glad.

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Inspired by the classic, Pollyanna, by Eleanor H. Porter.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:37PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thank you for article.

10:36PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thank you for article.

10:35PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thank you for article.

10:34PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thank you for article.

10:32PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Thank you for article.

12:19AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Thanks for the information.

6:00AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Thank you

12:03PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

great artical

12:35PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011


3:28PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

thank you. :-)

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