I love the concept of making gratitude a habit to stay positive and remember how blessed we are. So when Live Happy art director Kim Baker emailed asking if I'd do an opener and spot illustration about being thankful, I jumped at the chance to put art to that idea. My favorite tip from the article: Ritual #2: Write down three positive things you're grateful for before bed every night.
We do something similar to this in our household. When we put Veda to bed we talk about our "rose, thorn & bud". The rose is the best thing that happened that day, thorn is the worst and bud is something we're hoping for. I really like it because sometimes we're so busy getting dinner ready, finishing chores and living life that chatting about our day gets pushed aside. So it's a quiet time of reflection that I look forward to. :)
Oh yes, the illustrations: