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How to Play the "Glad Game"
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.
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!