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Grateful Living 

I’d sure like to learn to be a more grateful person if for no other reason than an obvious one: being grateful makes you happier; ingratitude diminishes happiness.  Fortunately, many wonderful people have taught me lessons of gratitude.

  • A friend, Adrienne, when she was diagnosed with cancer, began keeping a “Gratitude Journal.”  Every morning she writes down 10 things that she was grateful for. 

  • Brother David Steindl-Rast inspired a worldwide Network for Grateful Living. Check out its interactive web site: Gratefulness.org.  I feel energized every time I visit it. 

  • Thich Nhat Hanh has taught countless people to find joy in the present moment.  He says, “Every morning we have 24 brand new hours to live.  What a precious gift!”

In these days of such troubling daily headlines (in addition to our own personal struggles), we all easily are in touch with the dreadful part of life.  At the same time, life if full of wonder.   For our own happiness and to help us become more expansive and generous, may we always grow in gratitude.

We all know people who radiate gratefulness.  What’s their secret?

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