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As a child, I was taught that if you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all. Now that I’m a member of Overeaters Anonymous, that axiom takes a different slant: if I have nothing nice to say, it’s time to count my blessings. So here is today’s gratitude list:

I am grateful for the people in my life. I am perhaps a challenging man to remain friends with, as I spend stretches of time alone, but I have true appreciation for my family and friends.

God has blessed me with excellent health. I am able to enjoy many forms of exercise and generally willing to eat the right types of food.

The world is full of talented artists, and I relish their work—from music to literature, journalism, film, and television. I’m blessed with so many terrific ways to spend time.

I have been given an abundance of possessions and wealth. I live in a one-bedroom apartment and drive an eleven-year-old vehicle, but I know in my heart I am richly blessed, as I have a life of freedom and choice.

Thank you, Higher Power, for another glorious day.

— I.B., Los Angeles, California USA

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