Katie Kieffer

Ten, nine, eight… what do you appreciate? When life seems crazy or hopeless, count your blessings backwards—that is, find something to be thankful for in the midst of darkness. It is reverse psychology for adults.

Think of the most onerous regulation or politician in your life and find one reason you are thankful for this trial. For example, President Obama’s reelection could be an opportunity for you to develop a stronger character or feel greater motivation to achieve your goals. This is an uplifting mental exercise, particularly during Thanksgiving week. Here are a few more examples:

Challenge: Weak military leaders

Americans are expressing disappointment in the military in the wake of the Benghazi scandal and the ever-developing story of former CIA Director David Petraeus’ affair. Americans question whether the military is still an institution of honor after U.S. diplomats and CIA employees were seemingly left to die in Libya. And Americans cannot trust commanders who risk national security and taxpayer dollars by putting their mistresses before their missions.

We need to turn off the media’s soap opera and focus on what is good, true and beautiful in life. The media is quick to tell us every sizzling detail of Petraeus’ affair, yet never holds President Obama accountable his puerile foreign policy. Obama authorized a 30,000-troop surge in Afghanistan and 68,000 troops remain despite the fact that one U.S. service member is commits suicide every day, U.S. airstrikes are killing innocent civilians and increasing green-on-blue attacks indicate that our troops cannot trust Afghan “ally” forces.

Blessing: Brave troops

Veterans Day was on November 11. In the midst of scandals, we need to remember all the brave veterans who fought for our freedom and all the men and women who are currently stationed away from their families and loved ones. The troops do not get to decide where they go; they do not get to determine the length of their mission. We must support our troops by pressuring our politicians to bring them home soon. For, our ongoing war in the Middle East is straining our soldiers and inciting blowback.

Challenge: Obamacare

Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.