Gratitude Challenge – November 7 – Thankful for Squashing Self-Pity

Gratitude Challenge – November 7 – Thankful for Squashing Self-Pity

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I am thankful for the choice to squash self-pity, and then for God enabling us to rise above it. The overall atmosphere for the past couple of months heading into the election has been especially contentious and frustrating. It’s certainly easy to get bogged down emotionally and even entertain pity parties when things aren’t going the way we think they should.  In order to uplift the spirit and lighten the mood, I thought I’d share another thought  from the 18 Rules of Happiness by Karl Moore.




This is actually Moore’s first rule of happiness, although it’s more of an admonishment:

Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself!


It’s not going to help the situation. It’ll only help you to wallow in a state of apathy, playing the victim.

The kind of person that things happen to, but that can’t do anything about it.

By stopping feeling sorry for yourself, you can actually get on and DO something about it.

If you want to be happy – stop feeling sorry for yourself.” –Karl Moore

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it,

we can never do anything wise in this world.”

-– Helen Keller



My reflections:


This first rule is an “ouchy” one! It’s far too easy to give in to self-pity sometimes, especially right now in this election season, with so many people saying such mean and hateful comments. Yet I know self-pity is not, honestly, a good feeling and only produces more negative feelings. This first rule also reminds me of a saying I’ve heard many times: “Get off the pity pot!



So what are YOUR thoughts?


Do you think ridding your life of self-pity will lead to happiness and gratitude?


Do you think you will struggle with self-pity, depending on the outcome of the election or any other major events in your life?




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