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[Quote No.36252] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Beautiful light is born of [a contrast to] darkness... " - R. Turnbull

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[Quote No.36305] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." - Reginald B. Mansell

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[Quote No.36435] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure [and be grateful for] the darkness for it shows me the stars! " - Og Mandino

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[Quote No.36473] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows." - St. Francis of Assisi

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[Quote No.36488] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison. " - Jonathan Swift

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[Quote No.36513] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[When you learn how to create the feeling of gratitude consciously any time you want or need it, regardless of the situation, by imagining how things could be worse (which of course they always can be) but aren't, you may feel like Sir Thomas Browne who wrote in the seventeeth century...] I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty to riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Achilles; Fortune hath not one place to hit me." - Sir Thomas Browne
[1605 – 1682], an English, well-respected doctor, who was famous throughout Europe as an author of varied works which revealed his wide learning in many diverse fields such as medicine, religion, science and the esoteric. This quote is from his 1643 best selling book, 'Religio Medici'.
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[Quote No.36537] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another [for there will always be others whose lives on the face of it appear better. However just remember and focus on the fact that your life could be much worse and be grateful it isn't. No matter what others or even you may briefly think you are lucky things aren't worse so be grateful]. " - Marquis De Condorcet

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[Quote No.36540] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Think to Thank. In these three words are the finest capsule course for a happy marriage, formula for enduring friendship, and a pattern for personal happiness!" - Thomas S. Monson

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[Quote No.36543] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.36551] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone. [But it doesn't have to be that way. You can appreciate it today and be grateful for it if you imagine it already gone and then realise you still have it. The feeling is fabulous as the blessings are clearly and vividly sensed. Then it is easy to be grateful it or, for that matter, the person is there. And in the case of a person you can't help but want to tell them how sincerely grateful you are that they are there and make the extra efforts required to help them feel the same way about you.]" - Common saying

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[Quote No.36564] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. " - Marcel Proust

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[Quote No.36656] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...blessed be the heart, who finds its way to the eternal summer [of gratitude that things aren't worse]." - Frithjof Schuon

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[Quote No.36727] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Men [and women] are [pleased or] disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen [and what else, better or worse, that could have happened]." - Epictetus

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[Quote No.36735] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"In order for the light [of gratitude and happiness] to shine so brightly, the darkness [of how it could be worse] must be present." - Danny Devito

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[Quote No.36967] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...Even people that experienced meditation [focusing their imaginations on images of positive outcomes as well as grateful images where worse outcomes are considered and then the present situation compared so gratitude is felt that the present is not as bad as that] for the first time for just five days of training for twenty minutes per day...experienced less hostility, depression, fatigue, and tension and experienced a significant decrease in stress-related cortisol. They also experienced an increase in immunoreactivity. The interesting reflection is that we actually all meditate. Many of us, however, meditate on resentment, anger, guilt about the past and anxiety about the future. Medicine is showing us that this type of guilt and anxiety meditation leads to increased inflammation, impaired immunity, hardening of the arteries, increase of type 2 diabetes, and an atrophying of nerve cells in the brain which are targeted by stress hormones. The specific places in the brain that appear to be affected most are areas that are important in learning, memory, decision making, reasoning, impulse control and emotional regulation. Stress and depression are risk factors for chronic illness, poor performance, cognitive decline and dementia. [Gratitude] Mindfulness training helps us work with our attention to more healthy thoughts which literally impact us the in the moment we are having them. Mindfulness practice results in critical differences in brain function and combats many of the effects of ageing." - Katharine McLennan

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[Quote No.37010] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Ungrateful and] Ignorant men [and women] don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away." - Sophocles

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[Quote No.37022] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful [or more to the truth...not to be grateful is not to be happy!] " - Elizabeth Carter

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[Quote No.37056] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"In order to be happy we must first possess inner contentment; and inner contentment doesn't come from having all we want; but rather from wanting and appreciating [being grateful for] all we have." - Dalai Lama
In his book, 'The Art of Happiness'.
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[Quote No.37085] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The more aspects of life you appreciate [are grateful for] the richer you become inwardly!" - Keith Varnum

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[Quote No.37102] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. [You could always be worse so in that regard you can be grateful and happy as you calmly work towards your future goals.]" - Malcolm S. Forbes

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[Quote No.37139] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." - Albert Clarke

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[Quote No.37140] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart." - Celia Thaxter

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[Quote No.37141] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise." - Baha'u'llah
The founder of the Baha'i Faith.
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[Quote No.37142] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Nothing is more honorable [or enjoyable] than a grateful heart." - Seneca

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[Quote No.37143] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude!" - Denis Waitley

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[Quote No.37144] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[The most fortunate are those who] have a wonderful capacity to [gratefully] appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy." - Abraham Maslow

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[Quote No.37145] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy [because everything could be worse but isn't]!" - Buddha

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[Quote No.37147] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." - Doris Day

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[Quote No.37148] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The concept that enjoyment and happiness are relative concepts that are determined by what the experience is compared with, has been known about and commented on for thousands of years. In 'The Trojan Women', a play by Euripedes dating from 415 B.C., Andromache, Hector's wife, discusses the death of another woman, a former princess of Troy and makes reference to the difficulty and sadness that comparing to something better causes...'But if the choice is between a miserable life, mother, if it is between a miserable life and death, death is preferable. Because the dead feel no misery and they know nothing of grief, whereas for the living mortals, if a happy woman falls into misery she must deal with the memory of the joy she previously enjoyed. Her soul seeks the joys of the past.' Even economics is now incorporating these ideas into its understanding of human motivations, through a concept called 'habit persistence'. Habit persistence is a relatively new idea in economics and finance which argues that people's utility or sense of well-being rises with a rise in consumption only in the short-run [when the comparison with a worse past is still fresh and done frequently]. In the long-run, people become accustomed to higher levels of consumption [quality] and these new higher levels yield the same amount of utility [happiness] as the lower ones did in the past. [They become habituated, take their experience for granted and no longer appreciate or feel gratitude for their position. This can be easily reversed by, in reality or through their imagination, getting them to experience having less.]" - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.37149] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. [It can be argued that peace and happiness comes from the subjective internalised perspective of realizing things could be worse and being grateful they aren't. The alternative view that peace and happiness comes from the objective external perspective of having more and better things than at present, while important for growth, can be a never-ending source of jealousy, dissatisfaction and disappointment. A balance of the two, where people are grateful for what they have while striving for more seems the best blended perspective.]" - Buddha

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[Quote No.37203] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." - Viktor Frankl
From his book 'Man's Search for Meaning'.
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[Quote No.37207] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed [and gratefully appreciated], they must be interrupted [so the person can see that not having them is not as good as having them]." - Jean Paul Richter
(1763-1825), writer.
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[Quote No.37221] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess..." - Dale Carnegie

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[Quote No.37254] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses." - Alphonse Karr
(1808 - 1890), French critic, journalist, and novelist
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[Quote No.37287] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but [gratefully] enjoys the scenery." - Walter Winchell
(1897 - 1972)
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[Quote No.37295] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"A [grateful] loving heart carries with it, under every parallel of latitude, the warmth and light of the tropics. It plants its Eden in the wilderness and solitary place, and sows with flowers the gray desolation of rock and mosses." - John Greenleaf Whittier
(1807 - 1892)
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[Quote No.37300] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." - Confucius

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[Quote No.37352] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets [including blessings as well as education for which you can be grateful]." - Michael Korda

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[Quote No.37422] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The proud [foolish] man counts his newspaper clippings, the humble [wise] man his blessings." - Fulton John Sheen

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[Quote No.37423] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye [that habitually compares everything to something better. But by changing that habit to comparing everything to something worse, even making it a game, that person can find gratitude, relief and happiness where-ever they go and whatever they experience, guaranteed!]" - Alexander Pope

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[Quote No.37520] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Gratitude is more than just saying thank you. It’s a sense of appreciation, wonder and thankfulness for life. So many people move through their life without recognizing their good fortune, that each moment is a unique gift. It takes a serious illness or other tragic event to jolt them into appreciating the good things in their lives. Don’t wait for something like that to happen to you! By making a commitment to practice gratitude daily you’ll discover how truly blessed you are. Each day identify at least one thing that enriches your life. When you find yourself thinking an ungrateful thought, try substituting a grateful one in its place. Let gratitude be your first thought when you wake up in the morning and the last thought before you go off to sleep. Here’s the thing, simple acts of gratitude don’t cost you anything, but they can make a huge difference. To live a life of gratitude, adopt these healthy habits: • A morning gratitude session. Take a few minutes each morning to give thanks, to whomever or whatever you’re grateful for. You don’t have to do anything other than close your eyes and silently give thanks. • Say thank you. When someone does something nice for you, however small like holding a door, try to remember to say thank you. And really mean it. • Give thanks for 'negative' things in your life. There’s always two ways to look at everything. It goes back to that glass half full/half empty attitude. Many times we think of something as negative — it’s stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate or difficult. But that same thing can be looked at in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those things is a great way to remind you that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow and be creative. • Utter blessings and express your appreciation to everything and everyone you encounter. By blessing, we are blessed. • Keep a gratitude journal. Keep a journal and pen handy, on your night stand or kitchen counter. Maybe set a number of things to find each day to be grateful for at first. As you make gratitude your attitude, you may find you fill pages easily. This is a great resource for when you face a challenging time to keep from slipping into negative thoughts. • Make time to be quiet. You’ll find that doing your gratitude work consistently delivers results more quickly and is much more effective if you can do it while you are in a more relaxed state of mind. Developing an attitude of sincere and 'heartfelt gratitude' for your current blessings unleashes the power for receiving many more. Every Day Give Thanks... Close your eyes and think of one thing you are grateful for. It could be the breath that you just took that sustains your life, it could be your cat or dog, it could be your warm comfortable bed or it could be the fact that you are able to wiggle your toes. Whatever it is, really feel what the simple act of being grateful does to your body. Do your shoulders soften, does your breath deepen or can you feel your heart expand when you say thank you? There is no room for negativity in your body or your thoughts when you are in gratitude." - Cherie Hotchkiss

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[Quote No.37689] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather. [Only through comparing and contrasting with what is worse can the true beauty and joy of life be understood and happiness and gratitude experienced.]" - Alexandre Dumas
(1802 - 1870), One of the most famous French writers of the 19th century.
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[Quote No.37766] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses. " - Alphonse Karr

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[Quote No.37828] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness? [You only truly, deeply appreciate and are grateful for something when you compare and contrast it to something worse.]" - John Steinbeck
(1902 - 1968), author.
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[Quote No.37830] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Cheerfulness [from gratitude that things are not worse] keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity." - Joseph Addison
(1672 - 1719)
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[Quote No.37872] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Kids who count blessings multiply satisfaction:- Jeffrey Froh, an assistant professor of psychology at Hofstra University, says that 'grateful kids are happier and more satisfied with their lives.' Thanking people is good manners, but it may also lead to better, healthier lives. 'We know that grateful kids are happier and more satisfied with their lives,' says Jeffrey Froh, an assistant professor of psychology at Hofstra University who focuses on the topic. 'They report better relationships with friends and family, higher GPAs, less materialism, less envy and less depression, along with a desire to connect to their community and to want to give back.' He adds that there's an even larger field of research on adults showing that being thankful has numerous psychological, social and even physical benefits such as lower blood pressure. One of Froh's studies found that early adolescents who simply 'counted their blessings' in a journal every day for two weeks were more appreciative than those who didn't, as well as more optimistic and more satisfied with their lives. In a forthcoming study, he and his co-authors also found that schoolchildren who were exposed to a specific 'gratitude curriculum' reported more appreciation and happiness than those who didn't get the lessons, even up to five months later. They were also much more likely to act on their feelings, writing 80 percent more thank-you notes for a school event than the control group. 'Now we're talking actual behavior,' says Froh, who notes that the research shows that such benefits are generally most pronounced in children who start out with a less sunny attitude. 'Generally speaking, it's like anything else: It takes time and energy to raise grateful kids, but if you make it a priority, it is doable, and the payoff can be enormous in terms of healthier, more balanced young people,' says clinical psychologist Eleanor Mackey of Children's National Medical Center. Some expert advice: • Parents need to be good role models when it comes to expressing appreciation, whether that means thanking strangers for holding the door or thanking your son or daughter for a chore done without being asked. • Froh recommends helping kids to make a list of all the good things in their own lives to be thankful for. • Take small kids to drop off presents at a local hospital or animal-rescue league; older ones can volunteer at organizations around the area, although simply lending a hand to an elderly neighbor who needs help shoveling snow or grocery shopping can be just as impactful, says Mackey. All that said, there will still be times when kids falter. 'Don't expect a 2-year-old or even a 5-year-old and certainly a teenager to do it all the time, or to get it right away,' says Mackey." - Carolyn Butler
Journalist with 'The Washington Post'. Reprinted in 'The Seatle Times', 23 Nov, 2011. [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2016840913_thanks23.html ]
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[Quote No.37873] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...Cultivating an 'attitude of gratitude' has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners. A new study shows that feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked... But what if you’re not the grateful sort? I sought guidance from the psychologists who have made gratitude a hot research topic. Here’s their advice... Start with 'gratitude lite.' That’s the term used by Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California, Davis, for the technique used in his pioneering experiments he conducted along with Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami. They instructed people to keep a journal listing five things for which they felt grateful, like a friend’s generosity, something they’d learned, a sunset they’d enjoyed. The gratitude journal was brief — just one sentence for each of the five things — and done only once a week, but after two months there were significant effects. Compared with a control group, the people keeping the gratitude journal were more optimistic and felt happier. They reported fewer physical problems and spent more time working out. Further benefits were observed in a study of polio survivors and other people with neuromuscular problems. The ones who kept a gratitude journal reported feeling happier and more optimistic than those in a control group, and these reports were corroborated by observations from their spouses. These grateful people also fell asleep more quickly at night, slept longer and woke up feeling more refreshed. 'If you want to sleep more soundly, count blessings, not sheep,' Dr. Emmons advises in 'Thanks!' his book on gratitude research. Don’t confuse gratitude with indebtedness. Sure, you may feel obliged to return a favor, but that’s not gratitude, at least not the way psychologists define it. Indebtedness is more of a negative feeling and doesn’t yield the same benefits as gratitude, which inclines you to be nice to anyone, not just a benefactor. In an experiment at Northeastern University, Monica Bartlett and David DeSteno sabotaged each participant’s computer and arranged for another student to fix it. Afterward, the students who had been helped were likelier to volunteer to help someone else — a complete stranger — with an unrelated task. Gratitude promoted good karma. And if it works with strangers .... Try it on your family. No matter how dysfunctional your family, gratitude can still work, says Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California, Riverside. 'Do one small and unobtrusive thoughtful or generous thing for each member of your family...,' she advises. 'Say thank you for every thoughtful or kind gesture. Express your admiration for someone’s skills or talents — wielding that kitchen knife so masterfully, for example. And truly listen, even when your grandfather is boring you again with the same World War II story.' Don’t counterattack. If you’re bracing for insults... consider a recent experiment at the University of Kentucky. After turning in a piece of writing, some students received praise for it while others got a scathing evaluation: 'This is one of the worst essays I’ve ever read!' Then each student played a computer game against the person who’d done the evaluation. The winner of the game could administer a blast of white noise to the loser. Not surprisingly, the insulted essayists retaliated against their critics by subjecting them to especially loud blasts — much louder than the noise administered by the students who’d gotten positive evaluations. But there was an exception to this trend among a subgroup of the students: the ones who had been instructed to write essays about things for which they were grateful. After that exercise in counting their blessings, they weren’t bothered by the nasty criticism — or at least they didn’t feel compelled to amp up the noise against their critics. 'Gratitude is more than just feeling good,' says Nathan DeWall, who led the study at Kentucky. 'It helps people become less aggressive by enhancing their empathy. It’s an equal-opportunity emotion. Anyone can experience it and benefit from it, even the most crotchety...' Share the feeling. Why does gratitude do so much good? 'More than other emotion, gratitude is the emotion of friendship,' Dr. McCullough says. 'It is part of a psychological system that causes people to raise their estimates of how much value they hold in the eyes of another person. Gratitude is what happens when someone does something that causes you to realize that you matter more to that person than you thought you did.' Try a gratitude visit. This exercise, recommended by Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, begins with writing a 300-word letter to someone who changed your life for the better. Be specific about what the person did and how it affected you. Deliver it in person, preferably without telling the person in advance what the visit is about. When you get there, read the whole thing slowly to your benefactor. 'You will be happier and less depressed one month from now,' Dr. Seligman guarantees in his book 'Flourish.' ...And if that seems too daunting, you can least tell yourself — Hey, it could always be worse. When your relatives force you to look at photos on their phones, be thankful they no longer have access to a slide projector. When your aunt expounds on politics, rejoice inwardly that she does not hold elected office. Instead of focusing on the dry, tasteless turkey on your plate, be grateful the six-hour roasting process killed any toxic bacteria. Is that too much of a stretch? When all else fails, remember the Monty Python mantra of the Black Plague victim: 'I’m not dead.' It’s all a matter of perspective." - John Tierney
Journalist. Published in 'The New York Times', November 21, 2011.
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[Quote No.37874] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Use Gratitude Exercise to Boost Family's Morale: With so much negativity in the world it's easy for a family to lose its way. Let's face it we live in a world that is mostly negative. At least once a month my family devotes 20 minutes to a family meeting where we do a gratitude exercise or what we call 'Gratitude on Demand.' This is what I do to get my family focused on the positive and on what is working in our lives and how we are succeeding as individuals and as a family. This 'gratitude round table' family time each month keeps us grateful and playing as a team. Each family member sits down and we each share those things for which we are grateful. Once everyone has contributed, we do a second round and then a third and fourth round until everyone is uplifted, motivated and communicating. Even the 2-year-old participates and while the 2-month-old only adds baby noises, we are certain she is flowing to the cause. During the gratitude exercise there are no interruptions, no input or editing from other members while one is sharing. We just let the gratitude rip and flow. Studies suggest that a grateful person exudes a different demeanor, glow and attitude about life. Some marriage studies show a marriage focused on gratitude is five times more likely to succeed. Grateful people appear to be less susceptible to experience counter-productive emotional states like envy, anger, resentment, and regret. The family is a team or a unit and as a group it is more powerful than just one of its individuals. As they say the sum of the whole is always greater than just its individual parts. A grateful family, then, should produce exponentially greater success for all of its members. How to have a Gratitude Exercise with Your Family: 1) Meet as a family at least once a month 2) Each person shares what they are grateful for with no interruptions 3) Another round of sharing at a deeper level 4) Last round of sharing, including anything previously omitted and any decisions made as a result. Be sure to use multiple rounds to allow family members to recognize where they are really winning. The goal of the multiple rounds is to get the individuals communicating in terms of ALL the critical parts of one's life; spiritual, emotional, familial, communal, financial, mental and physical, not just on one area of their lives. My family loves our 'Gratitude on Demand' meetings and I know it brings us closer as a family and makes us more powerful as individuals and a team! Like anything else, the family unit is only going to be as powerful as you give attention to it! Let's face it, if the family never takes the time to acknowledge what it has to be grateful for, it will spend most of its time merely suffering the negative blows delivered by the rest of the world. A little gratitude meeting once or twice a month can go along way toward bringing the family together, lifting its spirits and keeping its attention on the positive. My observations about grateful people: 1) They have better attitudes 2) They get better results 3) They tend to have other winners around them. I believe grateful people tend to do better in life because they have more of their attention on the positive things in life than on the negative. I would love to see your comments at the link below when you try this with your family." - Grant Cardone
NY Times Best Selling Author. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/grant-cardone/use-gratitude-exercise-to_b_1111098.html ]
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[Quote No.37881] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Developing the ability to direct their imagination to see how things could be worse but aren't gives anyone the eternally desired 'philosopher's stone' that allows them to feel grateful and happy whatever happens - so not only do they 'whistle in the sunshine' but more importantly they also 'sing in the rain'. What could be more important or rewarding than that?" - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.37897] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"In life, trials and tribulations are certain, but suffering is optional. [The way you choose to see the trials and tribulations we all face determine if you suffer. The way to not suffer is to realise and vividly imagine that anything you experience could be worse and therefore you can't help but be grateful and happy that they aren't!]" - Proverb

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