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A day to remember. Thursday September 5, 2013

Tuesday, 23rd August. That's the day Sarah posted a wonderful piece about Eeyore and Piglet.

The sensational list of contributions from Moodscopers that followed made great reading, and how lovely that the trigger of Tigger and friends provoked such a reaction. I've just read through them once more, and how good did that make me feel. I bet I'm not the only one.

My friend Gilly (say it with a hard 'g' and it sounds less odd) said he recounted three things to be grateful for so often it had become a habit. He did it at the end of the day, just before he went to sleep. It's proved the perfect antidote to his anxiety of which he's seen no evidence for several years now.

The other thing that struck me about the comments that followed Sarah's piece was our greater willingness to share the positive stuff we feel. (Of course, it's just as valid to share the stuff we're feeling that ain't so great, and it's taken me a few years to acknowledge that's ok too.)

I know it's a generalisation but I think us men are particularly good at retreating into ourselves when feeling blue – wanting to figure it all out ourselves. Personally, I'm about as good as synchronised swimming while baking a soufflé as I am at sussing out anything that's going on in my head without interaction, so when I'm slinking off into my own little world I'm grateful for people reaching in to help me re-engage.

So today I'm grateful to my friend Debbie who's just invited me to dinner knowing where my head's at and suggesting 'quiet nights at home aren't always the best idea, particularly on a Friday'. And to my stepsister's daughter Lucy, who brought a tear to my eye by holding my gaze and telling me something I never knew. That she, her brother and sister had always thought of me fondly as Uncle Mark.

Finally, I'm grateful to Sarah and all you Moodscopers who posted your 'things to be thankful for'. Your amazing contributions are there for each and everyone of us to read, whenever we want or feel the need.

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Anonymous Thu, Sep 5th 2013 @ 8:15am

I've been a moodscoper for going on 4 years now and it's the thoughts that mean so much to me as they provide insights and let me know my feelings are real and not just a figment of my imagination. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous Thu, Sep 5th 2013 @ 11:31am

Things to be grateful for: Waking up with matching limbs and a heartbeat !! The roof over my head !

Anonymous Thu, Sep 5th 2013 @ 1:20pm

Just in case anyone else missed the Eeyore and Piglet piece ( I had!) it was 27 August as I just discovered. Many thanks to Mark for sharing - I love the piece about your niece "holding your gaze" - children know how to "mean it" this really touched me. Have a relaxing time on Friday:>)

Bamford Hilda Thu, Sep 5th 2013 @ 7:33pm

I start by reading the mood scope and it makes my day, it helps me think positively, even though I am a person who sees the glass half full. I am so grateful to receive mails every day from different team members of mood scope. I am married to a man who is negative and sees the glass half full, so as I am not a professional, I sometimes forward the mails from mood scope which would make him think twice, so far no results, so I tell my self One can take Eeyore to drink water if he/she is not thirsty !!!!! what sense does it make, but I don't give in nor give up.

Anonymous Sat, Sep 7th 2013 @ 8:23pm

Online 'places' I'm grateful for...

Delancey Place
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