I CONSIDER myself to be a glass half full kind of girl.
But at this time of year life can really get crazy and the pressure to get jobs done can be harder than ever
Even though I rarely drink there are times I might be wishing that glad was half full of something alcoholic.
There is so much work to get finished before I go on leave.
There is packing to get done before I leave on holidays.
I have yet to brave the busy shopping centres along with everyone else to finish the present shopping and get the Christmas day feast food ready.
Then there is all the cooking and cleaning associated with that Christmas celebration.
Add to the mix I am in the process of moving house.
When you look at it all together it can be a rather stressful thought.
Where on earth will I find the time, money and energy to do it all?
I have learned a lot of lessons in my lifetime, but one I am grateful for is the knowledge my happiness really is up to me.
I could choose to worry about all those things, but instead I choose to be grateful for everything I have in my life.
Why? Because I really do have a lot of be grateful for.
I appreciate I have a job to go on leave from, and it really is a job I love.
(Still looking forward to those holidays though).
I appreciate I get to make plans and go on holidays with my loved ones.
I appreciate I have loved ones to buy gifts for, and are able to buy both gifts and food for Christmas Day so we can all celebrate together.
I appreciate I can cook for my family (though some might debate that fact).
I even have the ability to clean, even though there might be a few complaints along the way.
I especially appreciate I have a house to move to, as I start a wonderful new stage of my life with my Superman.
If you are often thinking about how hard life can be I challenge you to give yourself a Christmas gift; the gift of happiness.
You can start by following the advice of the Dalai Lama.
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
It really is your choice.