National Upsy Daisy Day

June 8 is National Upsy Daisy Day. Created in 2003 by Stephanie West Allen, this quirky holiday is set aside to encourage people to face the day positively and to get up “gloriously, gratefully and gleefully” each morning. Honestly, if I am going to be glorious or gleeful (not really awfully likely) it would be late at night, as I am more a night owl, than an early morning person. Grateful, I can manage, and perhaps that’s the best way to approach this holiday.

We each have so many things to be thankful for – a roof over our heads, food to eat, family and friends – the list could go on and on, and this is a good day to sit down and enumerate them. I am especially thankful for those of you who read this blog and take the time to write a comment.

Upsy Daisy is an exclamation used to express encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted. The idea is to treat the day as a gift, to smile at people, and so lift them up. Focusing on our blessings rather than our problems, can make that happen automatically. So whether you are a naturally bubbly person, or more sardonic, like me, today is a day to do something to brighten someone’s day. Upsy Daisy!

Quotes about gratitude to help put us in the right frame of mind.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.–Oprah Winfrey

Each moment a blessing of abundance, each breath a prayer of thanksgiving.–Michael Rawls

Everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.–G. K. Chesterton

For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.–Clarence E. Hodges

Gratitude is what opens the spiritual doors to all the blessings. Everything becomes clear, you see, you feel, you live.–Omraam M. Aivanhov

Gratitude takes three forms: a feeling in the heart, an expression in words, and a giving in return.–John Wanamaker

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.–Harold Kushner

It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks.–Donald Curtis

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.–A. A. Milne

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.—Cicero

When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.–Jennifer Gayle

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