Don’t force me to be grateful

25 Nov

As someone who deals with serious mental illness it is sometimes hard to “think positive.”  I get extremely annoyed when people tell me how much worse it could be.  Just as much as when people tell me to look on the bright side.  Now with a shift on mindfulness and gratitude, more people than ever are believing that if you just change the way you think, all your problems will just disappear.  Trying to ask me to come up with 10 things I am grateful doesn’t make me feel more appreciative or happy, it makes me feel guilty that I have so much apathy and that maybe I just don’t care enough.  It implies there is something wrong with me, not my life or an illness I don’t have much control over; but that I am an unappreciative spoiled little brat.  Oh the number of times this has been yelled at me in arguments.  That I have such a wonderful life and I should be grateful.  Come live my in my life for a few days, see how it feels, what I think about, what I deal with then tell me I have such a wonderful life that I should be grateful for.

7 Responses to “Don’t force me to be grateful”

  1. alfgarnet November 25, 2015 at 9:55 PM #

    Totally agree with you 100 per cent.would love for people to live in my head for just one day then tell me to be sure positive all the time.take care keep blogging .

  2. manyofus1980 November 26, 2015 at 1:11 AM #

    Totally agree too! Live my life, then tell me you like it, living with ptsd and did is tough. Just as living with any mental illness can be. XX

  3. midnightdemons7 November 26, 2015 at 2:58 AM #

    Feeling the same way. Been trying hard to think of things to be grateful for and it’s wicked hard when you feel like ending your life. I hate this time of year.

    • mm172001 November 26, 2015 at 11:09 AM #

      Not too fond of it either.

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