Thankfulness (also known as gratitude) is one of the most important attitudes we can have in life. That’s why I’m always telling my kids to say thank you and to appreciate what they have. God even wired our bodies to thrive when we are thankful. An attitude of gratitude produces more serotonin (the happy chemical) in the brain.

So, I’m going to follow this advice and take a break from blogging this week to appreciate time with my family (I’ll be back on Monday, December 1st). Hope you all have a Happy (serotonin-fueled) Thanksgiving!

Before I go, here are some things I’m thankful for:

  • My husband who puts up with me asking how to kill people on a regular basis (for my books, of course)
  • My three kids who keep life full of drama (and trips to the grocery store)
  • That we managed to avoid the stomach flu when almost 10% of the school had it last week
  • My sister who just came to visit me in the frozen tundra of Iowa
  • My amazing critique partner
  • My wonderful agent who is out there shopping for my first book deal
  • All my writer friends locally and on-line who get me
  • All my other friends who don’t get me, but love me anyway
  • And last but most certainly not least–the Lord who gives me every breath I take

What are you thankful for? I’d love to know!



photo credit: <a href=””>Don McCullough</a> via <a href=””>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”

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