Don't Forget Your Vaccination

If you have children or have ever traveled out of the country, you're likely familiar with many of the vaccines currently available. You may have had one for tetanus, small pox, measles and even the flu. But there is one vaccination that you may have overlooked. It is for a debilitating ailment and could even save your life. But you won't find it in any doctor's office.

There is a virus that has done more broad scale damage than any other. It has existed since the creation but little research has been done to find a cure. Like many viruses, it is highly contagious and easily spread. It can wipe out individuals, families, teams and even entire congregations or businesses. Studies show that it weakens the immune system and diminishes quality of life. What is this virus? It is simply a negative attitude. While there is no cure, there is a vaccine to fight its spread.

Gratitude is the powerful medicine to combat this disease. With it, you surround your positive attitude with a shield. When exposed to the virus, this shield strengthens your resistance and helps you avoid infection. For those squeamish about shots, there are no needles to contend with. All you have to do is stop and reflect on the many blessings that God has provided you, big and little alike. The time investment is small but the rewards are great.

But even the best vaccine can't completely protect you from the negativity bug. The best course is to prevent contamination in the first place. Avoid the constantly complaining person and the commiserating crowd. Instead, surround yourself with people who choose to see life as full of possibilities. You'll thank yourself in the long run.

"Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your many blessings, see what God hath done"
       Lyrics from the hymn "Count Your Blessings" first published in 1897

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