1. I practice Gratitude each and every day. On my drive to work or simply running an errand, I take the time to be thankful for things . . . I’ll literally list them in my head and say ‘thanks’ . . . each and every day. I try to do the same things with my students every now and then as a class ice breaker.

    Because the world itself is constantly training the brain in the wrong ways, I’m a big believer that you have to exercise your brain in the right ways. Practicing Gratitude pays dividends (financial pun intended). hehe.

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the thoughtful post, Penny. Most of us have been touched by suicide or attempted suicide in one way or another. The thought that someone might move in that direction based on financial concerns is truly disturbing. There is much that can be done, at every income level, to better one’s financial circumstances. I’m fond of saying that “money is very easy to come by, but incredibly hard to hold on to.” It’s mastering that second one, mostly by the choices we make, that will make all the difference. Thanks for being a voice for positive change.

  3. Positivity and thankfulness really go a long way, both for yourself and others. We’re taught to be nice to other people, but we forget that kindness extends to ourselves, too. Unkindness and negativity inside ourselves leads to treating others badly; it all comes full circle. The best approach is to stay positive.

  4. Beautifully written and important post, Penny.

    Keeping things in perspective is really important for me. It’s hard to look at your net worth in comparison to other PF bloggers who seem to have figured it all out, at a much earlier age. But we really do have so many blessings, despite the debt. And things could be far, far worse.

    Money can be a powerful tool, but it is only money at the end of the day.

  5. I have no idea how I got to the place of peace, but to stay here, I work hard at being grateful for everything we do have – and it’s bigger than money. That’s actually probably the answer. Somewhere in the dark days of denial about my chronic illness changing my life, I started realizing how much worse it will be someday. And every day that I still have mobility, my consciousness, my ability to communicate – those are all good days.

  6. Louise

    Thank you for this post. You never know when or how you will influence another person for the better. This is such an important message to share!

  7. The saddest suicide I heard of recently was a young man in his 20’s, a friend of my nephew’s. Neither his parents nor his identical twin brother knew what he was depressed about. The family will never be the same.

    We just returned from Glacier National Park. While there, the vastness of the world and how small we are in comparison was not lost on us. Keeping that in mind, our problems may seem minuscule. Of course mental illness doesn’t always revolve around a particular set of problems. That’s why it’s so important to intervene (sometimes very gently) if you know someone suffering from depression or having suicidal thoughts.

    Thanks for covering this important topic.

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