They say feeling grateful for life is one of the strongest ways of overcoming hardship, guilt, regret and other ill feelings. This is the time of year we’re supposed to be cheerful and giving, but if you’re headed towards that downward spiral dark hole you’re not alone, lots of people feel that way. Are you triggered by the death of a loved one last year this time, maybe a breakup or divorce? Here are some suggestions to consider. Adopting an animal might seem a bit much, but animals brighten our spirits. Animals can sense us pulling up before coming in the front door, they can attempt to cheer us up when sad. A dog, for instance, can love for us unconditionally, and it feels sincere. CMPD Animal Care and Control is one place to adopt a pet. Do you like kittens, puppies, hamsters or rabbits? I’ve even seen a horse for adoption!!! I bet horse adoptions don’t happen much, but you never know until you inquire.