Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yes It's Hokey But The New York Times Endorses It

The New York Times had an article on Tuesday about how being grateful for things improves your life. These kinds of articles show up regularly around Thanksgiving. I love them, just as much as I love the articles on how to survive your family during holiday get togethers.

This particular New York Times article says if you write down five things you're grateful for a mere once a week, then after two months you'll sleep better, exercise more, and have a greater chance at winning the lottery (okay, I made the lottery part up).

As it happens, Scooter has no problem with sleeping or exercising. I'm the one with the problems, since he sleeps when I'm awake and exercises on my bed when I'm trying to sleep. Still, I felt I should ask him to make a list.

Scooter's List:

1. Cat food
2. Cat food
3. Cat food
4. Cat food
5. Cat food

Scooter is nothing if not a traditionalist.

To be honest, I could make a list of ice cream, cake, cookies, candy, and caramel coated popcorn, but that's probably not what the New York Times has in mind, even if I do regard caramel coated popcorn as a health food. So I'll limit my five things I'm grateful about to five non-fattening things that are every bit as wonderful to me.

Susan's List:

1. Everyone who reads this blog
2. Everyone who votes on one of my polls
3. Everyone named Anonymous who leaves a comment
4. Everyone named something other than Anonymous who leaves a comment
5. Everyone who emails me about my books (well, except for some people who email to tell me how they don't like my books, and I bet they have terrible times at holiday family get togethers and it serves them right)

Whoops. See how easily I slip from grateful to cranky!

So let me add how grateful I am to all of you for putting up with this cranky but deeply appreciative freelance children's book writer. You mean more to me than you can ever imagine.


Lilly and Serena said...

HAHA i love number 5!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Lilly and Serena!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I appreciate cranky authors who are honest ... and cranky at appropriate times.

I'm grateful to imaginative authors who share their moon-moving stories with us.

I'll have a bit more on my own blog, tomorrow. You are already on the list of authors I'd like to have at my table.


Bonnie's Books =

Nora Durbin said...

And I am thankful for your books!

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Number 5 is awesome! Ha! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Scooter!

Mr. Cavin said...

Hey Happy Thanksgiving, Susan Beth Pfeffer. I hope you have a marvelous time!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to Bonnie Jacobs (who would never want me at her table if she saw my table manners) and Nora Durbin and Lisa-Marie Jordan and Mr. Cavin-

I have managed not to clean my apartment all day. Time is running out if I want to have a happy Thanksgiving also!

exBFF said...

right back at you! You've brought more joy into the lives of people you'll ever meet than you could possibly know. Wish there was a way to properly thank you for the hours I've spent in the worlds you least while they last.



Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you ex-BFF (aka David). And happy Thanksgiving to you and all your current BFFs!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Table manners are over-rated, and you are still invited if you ever come to Chattanooga. And here's the link to the actual Thanksgiving post:


ahhhhhhhh we gratful for youu to you write the best books!

Anonymous said...

I knew there was a reason I love your writing so much. It's our affinity for caramel-covered popcorn! Congratulations on the great news about the German award list and, yes, I'm grateful for you, too. :-)

JKA said...

I find that if you write the list inside a hand turkey drawing the benefits grow exponentially. Also, use a glitter pen. Also, add googly eyes to the turkey.

Anonymous said...

And I'm thankful that you tolerate my suggestions -- especially when you don't agree with them.

Anonymous Santa Fe

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you thank you thank you thank you Bonnie Jacobs and Anonymous and JKA and Anonymous Santa Fe-

I was exercycling this morning to a not particularly great figure skating tape, and I was grateful for remote controls with fast forward and mute buttons.

I'll be sure to add that to my list with a glitter pen!