Your Clitoris and Nine Other Things You Should Be Grateful For

Every November, I write about the importance of gratitude. The beneficial effects of gratitude are well documented. Grateful people enjoy better health, more happiness and live longer. On top of this, they make for better company. If, like so many parents I know, the question, “How are you?” prompts the response, “Busy, stressed and tired,” you may be having some difficulty coming up with things to be grateful for. Of course there are the obvious ones, like chocolate, friends, wine and family. My advice? Keep it even simpler.

things to be grateful forClean water 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean water. I get upset when my Poland Spring delivery is late.

things to be grateful forToilets – 1 in 3 people do not have access to a toilet. 1 in 3! Using a clean bathroom in your own home is a luxury.

things to be grateful forYour clitoris – over 100 million women have received female genital mutilation. Think it is hard to find the energy for sex now? Imagine what it would be like without your happy place.

things to be grateful forEducation759 million adults are illiterate. Be grateful you can read this.

things to be grateful forFreedom of speech – The older I get, the harder it is to keep my mouth shut. The biggest risk I take is the possibility of someone thinking I am a witch with a capital “B”. Consider what it would be like to live in a country where you could be thrown in jail, or worse, for expressing your views.

things to be grateful forHealthcare – I am as down on healthcare in the U.S. as the next person, but if my children need help, it is just a three number phone call away. At this very moment, parents are carrying a sick child for miles for the slim chance they can find someone who can heal.

things to be grateful forGarbage collectors – Close your eyes and picture what life would be like without them. Are scenes from Slumdog Millionaire coming to mind?

things to be grateful forHope – As bad as things are, there is always a chance they can get better.

things to be grateful forVeterans – Lest we forget.

things to be grateful forToday – About 150,000 people took their last breath yesterday. Be grateful for the one you are taking right now.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She specializes in supporting parents and college students. Email her at to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.


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