After resisting it for a little while, I finally started a gratitude journal this year. A whole slew of spiritual teachers I respect recommend this practice (Christine Kane, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Oprah...). It's been a pleasure to make a list of five things at the end of each day that I really appreciated. Somehow the Big Scary Things seem less Big and Scary when my attention is tuned into simple pleasures. Like the "warm and delicious bread slathered with honey and butter" that I enjoyed on January 18.