05/20/2014 09:33 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Try This One-Minute Experiment If You Dare

Close your eyes and imagine that your spouse has to work in a different country for a couple of months and that your kids, now off to college, don't expect to come home for a visit anytime soon.

Imagine that your nuclear family has been reduced to one, and that all the people you love the most are out of range for the time being.

Imagine that you are wandering around in the big house, the one that used to be full of roaring voices, parties and feasts.

Imagine what it would be like to live solo indefinitely.

You may come to realize that peace and quiet is over-rated, and that you long for a little chaos, those roaring voices you have unwittingly taken for granted.

Now you can open your eyes and feel grateful for that boisterous family of yours.

Sometimes you just can't appreciate what you have until you imagine yourself a have-not.

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