I have a little candle holder that is shaped like a snail--a reminder to slow down. Each morning, I start my meditation time by lighting a tea candle in it and taking a minute to think of what I am thankful for. Thanks to this practice, I am finding that gratitude is becoming a key attribute of my outlook each day. When things go awry, as they often do, I tend to notice what I have to be grateful for in the situation. For instance, my car wouldn't start yesterday after I had just finished grabbing a few groceries at the Safeway. At first, I thought maybe I was out of gas, since the light had just come on, so I tried pushing my car over to the fuel station. My efforts were working for a few moments, while I was rolling downhill, but when I jumped in to steer, I began going uphill and then suddenly, I began to roll backwards. Within seconds, a couple had jumped out of their car and were pushing me over to a gas pump. They didn't stick around so I could thank them, just waved and jumped back into their own car. Then, after filling my gas tank, I still couldn't get my Subie started. Another kind stranger came over, a man who knows a lot about cars--owns an auto parts store, and tried to help. He wasn't successful and thought my fuel pump had died. I ended up letting him help me push my car into a parking spot and then he and his elderly father gave me a ride home. Then my neighbor, Mike, dropped everything he was doing to take me to my daughter's school to pick her up. Three acts of kindness in less than one hour. Yup, people are pretty kind-hearted and eager to help.