This week: Don't Mulligrub, Raise Your Voice in JoyEdited by: Prosperous Snow
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Don't mulligrub around,
Instead, proclaim your gratitude
And raise your voice in joyous praise.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary mulligrubs refers to a mood that is "despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered". Mulligrub was a word my Grandfather used when we--his grandchildren--started acting ill-tempered or sullen. He would say to us "Don't mulligrub around!" It took me a while before I understood what he was referring to, but that didn't prevent me from smiling whenever he used the word. Each time I smiled, my mood brightened.
Since becoming an adult, I understand more of what Grandpa was attempting to teach us. That was being ill-tempered and sullen doesn't solve anything. In fact, it often makes the situation worse. On the other hand intoning praise and expressing gratitude eventually brightens the situation and helps change one's mood. Sometimes it may take a little while, but eventually singing praise and expressing gratitude will lighten a person's mood.
When I was younger I tended to rant and mulligrub a lot. I would mulligrub more at 27 than I do at 72. As I matured and acquired wisdom, I found that giving thanks and praising the Lord, by whatever name you call the Unknowable Creator, made me happier and less stressed. It also made whatever situation, I was facing me easier to deal with.
I won't say I've stopped ranting or being a mulligrub, because bad habits are difficult to break. What I am saying is I'm doing both less, especially if I keep an eye on my moods. I have found that, sometimes, I can change my mood if I stop and say a prayer of gratitude or write a gratitude list. Writing a daily gratitude list is a good way to discover the little things you have to be thankful for.
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