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Grow joy

By Carol Clark

I sometimes get depressed in the winter. I don't know if it's the lack of sunlight or if it is mental.

Olan says I am part bear. When it starts to get cold I want to eat - A LOT - and I want to go to bed and sleep - A LOT. I really miss the garden and the warm days of summer.

My daughter and her roommates have the perfect way to keep their minds on the things that make them happy, "The Wall of Joy." They started by decorating index cards with things that make them happy and taped them to a wall. Their wall is the first thing they see when they walk in the door after a hard day at school and work. It is added to often and eventually they want to cover the whole wall with the things that bring them joy. Some additions are small like, "new pencils" and "macaroni and cheese," others are big, like, "God's grace."

Whenever a friend comes over they get their name on the wall and they can make their own joyful addition. A recent friend added, "frolicking." Growing your own wall can lift your dark winter spirits or it can be a great way to teach your younger children about being thankful for even the smallest of blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Harrah for the fun!

Is the turkey done?

Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!"

- Lydia Maria Child

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