"He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him; for the great swans swam round the new-comer, and stroked his neck with their beaks, as a welcome.”
Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to go wrong?
Maybe one day you wake up and see your dog chewed up your favorite book you were reading last night. When you get to school, that kid who always picks on you is there ready to give you a hard time again. As the day goes on and you think it couldn't get any worse you step outside to see it's raining... and you forgot your umbrella at home!
It may seem funny at first to be thankful when hard times happen. No one likes it when things go wrong or when life feels more difficult than it has to be. But going through hard times can teach us a lot. Hard times can bring us closer to our friends, and family as well as remind us of the good things we have in life. When we go through hard times there are usually important lessons to learn if we pay attention to what's going on around us.
In "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen, the Ugly Duckling was able to appreciate his difficulty because it allowed him to experience a lot of love and acceptance from the swans when they welcomed him. The ugly duckling learned to be thankful for the hard times because they are what made the good times so much better.
Bad days and difficult situations are bound to happen and there isn't a lot we can do to stop them. However, we can always find something to be grateful for when we have the right point of view.
Practicing gratitude can take some work and it can be especially hard for me when things don't go my way. I know that talking to a friend, going for a run, or reading a book can help me feel a lot better.
Take a moment to write down three things that always make you feel better when you have tough times. As you write, think about how grateful you are to have these gifts to help you get through difficult moments.