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How to Play the "Glad Game"

Updated on November 22, 2011

I've recently noticed that "positive thinking" has been sweeping the internet, especially now that Thanksgiving is upon us. It seems like everyone is searching to find a little bit of happiness everywhere they look, and I'm all for it! I truly believe that optimism can make a huge difference in your life.

Who here has heard of the "Glad Game?" Remember the 1960s movie, Pollyanna? (It's classic old Disney!) Or perhaps you read the book by Eleanor Porter that the movie was based off of?

For those of you who have never seen the movie, or for those of you who simply don't remember - Pollyanna is an orphan who goes to live with her aunt Polly - and despite the many hardships in Pollyanna's life, she maintains an optimistic take on life by playing what she calles "The Glad Game."

So how do you play the Glad Game? It consists of finding something to be glad about in every situation.


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In fact, Parker Brothers even developed a board game edition of "The Glad Game" based on the book and the character.

The game originated, in Pollyanna's case, when she hoped that for Christmas she would receive a doll from the missionary barrel, and instead received a pair of crutches. Her father taught her to look at the good side of things and to play the game - to be glad for the crutches because she didn't need to use them!

Through her positive spirit and optimism, Pollyanna transforms the town around her. It sounds cheesy, but when you think about it - having a sunny disposition and a positive outlook really does have an effect on you and the people around you.

~The store ran out of your favorite food? Be glad - you get to try something new!
~Someone in your family is sick? Be thankful that you live somewhere with good medical care and you have a loving family to take care of them.
~That tear in your favorite pair of jeans? Now you have a reason to teach yourself how to sew.
~The turkey that got a little too crispy in the oven on Thanksgiving? Let's be glad because you have a turkey, a warm home, and your family is all there to enjoy it with you.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, let's all take a moment to play the "Glad Game" and remind ourselves that we have so much to be thankful for and so many little blessings in our life for which we should be glad. Spread the love!

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      klurbauer 5 years ago from Brink of Insanity ;)

      I like this idea. I think I might try this with the kids sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      klurbauer - it's a great way to inspire positivity for kids, and it's also a great reminder to ourselves to stop and appreciate life. Every time I feel overwhelmed or like nothing is going right, I literally make myself sit there and think about playing the Glad Game. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great reminder to be thankful for what we have in our lives. This is not only good advice for this time of year...but good year round! Voted useful and up!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thank you for the comment, Peggy! I definitely try to keep this in the front of my mind every day - always be thankful for what you have! :)

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      Phenomenal hub. The more we all focus on enjoying are current position in life, the easier it will be for us to make a powerful impact in the world. Thanks for the article.

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Too true, Robert. And why complain and moan about things we cannot change? It's easier to be thankful for what we do have and work hard to do even better!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I remember this movie and about Pollyanna and her adventures. This was a good reminder for me. Yes, we should try to look on the bright side of things. Very encouraging hub.

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks for the comment, teaches12345! I'm glad you enjoyed it! This movie was definitely a classic - and we should always remember to be optimistic in life.

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      CheryleJ 5 years ago from NEW JERSEY

      Great hub refreshing & positive! Thank you.

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thank you, Cheryle, for the lovely comment! I'm glad you enjoyed!

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      John 4 years ago

      I was just reading " The Magic" by Rhonda Byrne and one chapter mentioned a Disney´s 1960 movie Pollyanna featured "The Glad Game", searched it on web found this page, I think that your ideas are the trut, because if we are grateful for everything in our lifes , we received proportionally wonderful blessings and positive things in our daily life.

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      laurathegentleman 4 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thank you for the lovely comment, John! It's difficult to remember, but always worth it!! (Especially with the holidays just around the corner!)

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