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[Quote No.48215] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Positively thankful: Daily gratitude changes brain, psychologist says: ... The comments of gratitude are counter to the typical human reaction to experiences, [psychologist Kevin] Dohr said. People naturally have a negativity bias because of survival instincts that bring negatives to the fore of consciousness, he said. However, brains get better at things through practice and can change because of their neuroplasticity, or ability to be reshaped over time... Hence pausing at some point during the day and saying or writing down at least one thing that went well or something for which people are grateful is like the brain lifting positive weights. People often keep gratitude journals, meditate, enumerate positives in prayers or say thanks around the dinner table. During workshops, Dohr said, he sometimes has participants write gratitude letters, then meet with the letters’ recipients to read them aloud. 'So there are different ways to do it, but the main thing is to just stick with it long enough,' he said, adding that after two to three months being grateful will become a habit rather than an exercise." - Alice Miller
[http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/territory/positively-thankful-daily-gratitude-changes-brain-psychologist-says/article_4b95425e-53b4-11e3-a007-001a4bcf887a.html ]
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[Quote No.48222] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Almost continuously we review our progress to understand our past, our present and our future. In order to be happy and grateful, rather than disappointed and frustrated, we need to learn the mental LIFE-skill and habit of realising that: --1-- what we achieved could have been much worse so we naturally feel happy and grateful that it wasn't and that; --2-- what we didn't achieve and what didn't go as well as planned or expected could have been much worse so we naturally feel happy and grateful that it wasn't!" - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.48232] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Get High on Appreciating Life: A person who has mastered the attribute of appreciating what he has, is constantly in a state of emotional high - just as someone who is inebriated during the height of a party! Today is a wonderful day to increase appreciating all that you have. If you can do this naturally and spontaneously, great. If you find that you need to make an effort to do this, that's good, too. The important thing is to practice mastering this quality. For 15 minutes, act as if you were extremely excited about all that you have. See how this effects you. You might like it so much that you will make this a daily practice!" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

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[Quote No.48241] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"People who regularly practice grateful thinking (and expression) can increase their 'set-point' [usual level] for happiness by as much as 25 percent." - Dr. Robert Emmons
Fact from his book, 'Thanks: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier'.
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[Quote No.48242] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks." - William Shakespeare
From his play, 'Twelfth Night' - Act 3, Scene 3.
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[Quote No.48245] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for." - Zig Ziglar

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[Quote No.48280] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears." - Tony Robbins

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[Quote No.48281] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The world is progressing and resources are becoming more abundant. I'd rather go into a grocery store today than a king's banquet a hundred years ago." - Bill Gates

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[Quote No.48294] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"To be happy it is important to be optimistic [and hopeful] about the future and grateful [and positive] about the past for all concerned - seeing that 'the future could be better' than currently expected, and that 'the past could have been worse'!" - Ben O'Grady
Founder and CEO of www.imagi-natives.com
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[Quote No.48297] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Habitual ways of seeing the world, which are an important part of successful life-skills, make an enormous difference to how people experience the very same circumstances. For example:] Experiment with experiencing the same situation through the eyes of optimism [gratitude things are not worse, satisfaction in what’s been achieved already and positive anticipation for the future] and pessimism [bitterness things are not better, dissatisfaction in what’s been achieved already and negative anticipation for the future]. Take, for example, an airplane voyage [and experience it pessimistically]: Imagine that you are on a long airplane trip en route to a strange city to begin a new job. Suddenly the airplane encounters turbulence. You can see the plane’s wings tilting up and down and you visualize the ensuing disaster. Once the turbulence settles down, you realize your seat is too small. You can’t find a comfortable position, and your mind is filled with complaints about the state of airplane travel. You are annoyed that the air hostess is taking forever to bring your drink. When you think ahead to your new job, you feel certain that the people you will meet won’t like or appreciate you. They will ignore your expertise, keep you away from the most interesting projects, and might even cheat you. You are sure that this trip will be a catastrophe. Why did you ever think you could handle it? You are filled with dread. Experience the gloomy state of mind such thoughts create. Then experiment with another way to experience the same situation [optimistically]: When the plane encounters turbulence, you know that it is part of the journey [are grateful the plane is not smaller and the turbulence worse and are thankful for the expertise of the designers, builders, mechanics and pilots] and vividly feel that every instant that passes by is precious. As the turbulence calms down, you feel grateful and hope that you can use the rest of your life constructively. Although your seat is not particularly comfortable, you [are grateful that you have a seat at all and] find positions that relieve the stiffness of your back and legs. You appreciate how cheerful and helpful the air hostess is even though she is busy and has to stand up throughout most of the flight. You are excited by the adventures that await you. You imagine that the people there will be interesting and productive and that you will be given many new opportunities. You are convinced that your activities will flourish and that you have the inner resources to overcome any obstacles that may arise. Experience this buoyant state of mind that is turned to the positive. Appreciate the difference between these two states of mind and understand how they came about simply through the workings of your mind [learned, habitual perspective life-skills] although the outer situation remained the same!" - Matthieu Ricard
Initially a young researcher in cellular genetics at the French Institut Pasteur with Nobel Prize in Medicine winner, Francois Jacob, he has for the last 35 years been a Buddhist Monk, living and working on humanitarian projects in Tibet and Nepal. He has been dubbed the ‘happiest person in the world’ by the popular media. Quote from his best-selling book, ‘The Art of Happiness- A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill’.
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[Quote No.48314] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude [especially an attitude of gratitude] in a given set of circumstances [especially in difficult circumstances]." - Viktor E. Frankl
(1905 - 1997) Psychiatrist and author.
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[Quote No.48319] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...what do you do when life is hard and your heart is heavy? ...consider this: you will be doing your heart and mind a favor by seeking some reasons to be thankful, even if they are minute, even if you can come up with only one thing. Thankfulness typically begins with one small step, and that usually grows to another. According to research, gratitude can help you cope with challenges and loss. Maybe, despite your situation, you can find a reason to be thankful about something, or anything, in your life. Maybe, once you start, you can release a little of the hurt or grief or anger or despair or emptiness, and replace just a little of that space with one pebble of gratefulness. And, maybe you can be in the midst of the hard places and at the same time, have gratitude for someone or something. " - Esther Heerema
[http://alzheimers.about.com/b/2013/11/24/how-can-thankfulness-exist-in-the-middle-of-coping-with-alzheimers.htm ]
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[Quote No.48337] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Pain [from problems and disappointments, etc.,] is inevitable [in life, but] suffering is a choice [determined by whether you choose to compare your experience and pain to something better and therefore feel unlucky and bitter or to something worse and therefore feel lucky and grateful]! " - Viktor Frankl

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[Quote No.48389] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The way we see the problem is the problem. [Things could always be worse!]" - Stephen R. Covey

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[Quote No.48410] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night." - Albert Camus

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[Quote No.48439] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Joyfulness begins with a sense of gratitude. Show me a positive, happy person and I will show you a grateful person. Appreciation doesn’t only happen when things are going perfectly. Our mission is to cultivate this sensation of thankfulness as our constant guiding spirit. How? Customize your outlook to see the good. In Judaism we call this an ‘ayin tov,’ a positive eye. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, train your eye to see what’s right. Pay attention to the number of times a day you have a negative reaction, criticism or complaint. When someone does something for you, do you find where they fall short instead of saying thank you? When you’re eating out in a restaurant, do you end up griping about the service or the food? Work on quieting that negative side and building the positive. You will find yourself more pleasant to be around, more thankful and evolving into a happier person. " - Slovie Jungreis-Wolff
She is a freelance writer, and a relationships and parenting instructor. She is the daughter of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, founder of Hineni International. Slovie has taught Hineni Young Couples and Parenting classes for more than 15 years. Her book, 'Raising A Child With Soul', is published by St. Martin's Press. [http://www.aish.com/sp/pg/4-Ways-to-Find-Inner-Joy.html ]
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[Quote No.48451] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Be glad [grateful]. Be good. Be brave. " - Eleanor H. Porter
The title character of Eleanor Hodgman Porter's novel, Pollyanna, has become shorthand for someone who is relentlessly optimistic [grateful and hopeful].
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[Quote No.48467] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"'Hedonic adaptation' is the term psychologists use for the tendency humans have to become inured to happiness highs over time - that is over time we get less pleasure from our enjoyable experiences as well as we take more things for granted. The conscious effort to compare and contrast our experiences with things that are different, especially 'worse', has been shown to help keep all our experiences positive and fresh and increase our feelings of enjoyment and gratitude." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.48473] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Compare and contrast your experiences with worse ones in order to fully appreciate them and be grateful for them.] Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain." - Richard M. Nixon
US President
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[Quote No.48484] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have [by being grateful it is not worse], and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach [for as long as they are beyond your reach]." - Lin Yu-tang

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[Quote No.48569] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"One of our major flaws, and causes of unhappiness, is that we find it hard to take note of [appreciate and be grateful for] what is always around us. We suffer because we lose sight of the value of what is before us and yearn, often unfairly, for the imagined attraction elsewhere. " - Alain de Botton and John Armstrong
Philosopher (Alain de Botton) and art historian (John Armstrong). Quote from their book, 'Art as Therapy'.
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[Quote No.48582] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it." - Ralph Marston

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[Quote No.48600] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Through ten years of adversity, Regina had developed lots of tricks to get her through bad times. There was the think-of-something-worse trick, where she endured by imagining what more terrible circumstances might befall her than those in which she actually found herself [and therefore was able to feel grateful and happy]. Like thinking of eating dead mice dipped in chocolate when she felt sorry for herself about having to eat lime Jell-0 with peaches. Like thinking about being blind on top of her other disabilities. After the awful shock of being rejected during her first trial adoption with the Dotterfields, she had often spent hours with her eyes closed to show herself what she might have suffered if her eyes had been as faulty as her right arm. " - Dean Koontz
Quote from his novel, ‘Hideaway’.
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[Quote No.48602] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"In comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover that yours are in truth nought.. and so shall you come to bear them the more easily [grateful that they are not worse]. " - Peter Abelard
(1079-1142), medieval philosopher and composer. Quote from his autobiography, 'The Story of My Misfortunes'.
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[Quote No.48626] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine [and not appreciating and being grateful for what one has]." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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[Quote No.48655] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of [awareness of] darkness... [as the contrast between what we have and how it could be worse is vital to appreciate anything, including our life, and so be happy and grateful]" - Carl Jung

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[Quote No.48658] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Abundance is not about how much you have, it’s how [grateful] you feel about what you have." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.48665] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"What-Went-Well Exercise (Also Called 'Three Blessings'): We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to analyze bad events so that we can learn from them and avoid them in the future. However, people tend to spend more time thinking about what is bad in life than is helpful. Worse, this focus on negative events sets us up for anxiety and depression. One way to keep this from happening is to get better at thinking about and savoring [and being grateful for] what went well. For sound evolutionary reasons, most of us are not nearly as good at dwelling on good events as we are at analyzing bad events. Those of our ancestors who spent a lot of time basking in the sunshine of good events, when they should have been preparing for disaster, did not survive the Ice Age. So to overcome our brains' natural catastrophic bent, we need to work on and practice this skill of thinking about what went well. Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well. You may use a journal or your computer to write about the events, but it is important that you have a physical record of what you wrote. The three things need not be earthshaking in importance ('My husband picked up my favorite ice cream for dessert on the way home from work today'), but they can be important ('My sister just gave birth to a healthy baby boy'). Next to each positive event, answer the question 'Why did this happen?' For example, if you wrote that your husband picked up ice cream, write 'because my husband is really thoughtful sometimes' or 'because I remembered to call him from work and remind him to stop by the grocery store.' Or if you wrote, 'My sister just gave birth to a healthy baby boy,' you might pick as the cause 'God was looking out for her' or 'She did everything right during her pregnancy.' Writing about why the positive events in your life happened may seem awkward at first, but please stick with it for one week. It will get easier. The odds are that you will be less depressed, happier, and addicted to this exercise six months from now." - Martin E. P. Seligman
'Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being'.
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[Quote No.48669] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Gratitude helps us to see the good things in life!" - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.48706] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"...the silent reminiscence of hardships departed, is sweeter than the presence of delight." - Herman Melville

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[Quote No.48727] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. [Regardless of poverty or wealth, things can always be worse so gratitude that things aren't worse should always be there, encouraged and enjoyed!] " - Frank McKinney Hubbard

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[Quote No.48760] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Who is rich? He that rejoices [and is grateful] in his portion. " - Benjamin Franklin

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[Quote No.48796] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not a poet enough to call forth its riches [to see how it could be worse and be grateful that it isn't]; for to the [grateful] creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place." - Rainer Maria Rilke

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[Quote No.48805] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Gratitude and] Contentment is the greatest worker of miracles. It transforms water into wine, grains of sand into pearls, raindrops into balsam, poverty into wealth, the smallest into the greatest, the most common to the most noble, earth into paradise." - Kaspar Hauser

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[Quote No.48841] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"The important thing in science [and happiness] is not so much to obtain new facts [and experiences] as to discover new [imaginative] ways of thinking about them [in order to feel grateful they are not worse]. " - Sir William Bragg

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[Quote No.48860] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"At spare moments in the day, make it a point to contemplate the loss of whatever you value in life. It can make you realize, if only for a time, how lucky you are — how much you have to be thankful for, almost regardless of your circumstances..." - William B. Irvine
Quote from his book, 'A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy'.
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[Quote No.48862] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Downward rather than upward social comparison for happiness but the reverse for goal setting and motivation:] Generally if people compare themselves to those who are worse off, they’re going to feel better. When they compare themselves to people who are better off, it can make them feel worse." - Isabelle Bauer
Research associate at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a clinical psychologist at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Associates of Toronto.
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[Quote No.48863] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Downward rather than upward social comparison for happiness but the reverse for goal setting and motivation:] ...anyone who seeks to overcome disappointments should compare themselves to others who are worse off – rather than looking up to folks in more enviable positions. " - Isabelle Bauer and Carsten Wrosch
Both work at Concordia University. Published in the journal 'Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin'.
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[Quote No.48872] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[The implications of upward and downward social comparison on happiness and satisfaction:] A large group of students was given a word puzzle to solve. Researchers compared the satisfaction of students who finished the puzzle quickly or more slowly. Students who finished the puzzle quickly and compared themselves with the very fastest students came away feeling dissatisfied with themselves. Students who finished the puzzle more slowly but compared themselves with the slowest students came away feeling quite satisfied with themselves and tended to ignore the presence of the quick-finishing students." - Lyubomirsky and Ross 1997
As quoted in the book, 'The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People', David Niven PhD.
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[Quote No.48897] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Gratitude, optimism and positivity:] If you perceive the universe as being a universe of abundance, then it will be. If you think of the universe as one of scarcity, then it will be." - Milton Glaser

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[Quote No.48906] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"Now my topic is gratefulness. How is the connection between happiness and gratefulness? Many people would say, well, that's very easy - when you're happy, you're grateful. But think again - is it really the happy people that are grateful? We all know quite a number of people who have everything that it would take to be happy and they're not happy because they want something else or they want more of the same. And we all know people who have lots of misfortunes and they are deeply happy, they radiate happiness. You're surprised. Why? Because they're grateful. So it is not happiness that makes us grateful, it's gratefulness that makes us happy. " - David Steindl-Rast
He is a Benedictine monk who writes about gratefulness. Since 1953, Brother David has been a monk of Mount Saviour Benedictine monastery in New York, dividing his time between hermitic contemplation, writing and lecturing. He was one of the first Roman Catholics to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and is the author of The Ground We Share, a text on Buddhist and Christian practice, written with Robert Aitken Roshi. His other books include Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer and Deeper Than Words. His most recent book is 99 Blessings. He's the co-founder of gratefulness.org. This is a quote from Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simply Happy. [http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=267202113 ]
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[Quote No.48908] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[To be happy and grateful, don't take things for granted:] Psychologists have long agreed that one of the greatest enemies of human happiness is 'hedonic adaptation' – the predictable and frustrating way in which any new source of pleasure we obtain, whether it's as minor as a new electronic gadget or as major as a marriage, swiftly gets relegated to the backdrop of our lives: we grow accustomed to it, and it ceases to deliver so much joy. It follows, then, that regularly reminding yourself that you might lose any of the things you currently enjoy can reverse the adaptation effect. Thinking about the possibility of losing something you value shifts it from the backdrop of your life back to centre stage, where it can deliver pleasure once more." - Oliver Burkeman
This is an edited extract from 'The Antidote: Happiness For People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking'. [http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/15/happiness-is-being-a-loser-burkeman ]
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"The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt. [And so the average person today can live better than kings and queens of old. For this we should all be grateful.] " - Henry George

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"[Be grateful for what you have. It could always be worse:] I cried when I had no shoes, until I saw the boy with no feet!" - unknown

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"The unthankful heart...discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!" - Henry Ward Beecher

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"You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the [happy 'could-be-worse' gratitude] attitudes to fit those situations. " - Zig Ziglar

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"So much has been given to me, I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied." - Helen Keller
Famous blind, deaf and mute woman.
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"A person who has great wealth will still be unhappy if he hasn't also mastered gratitude!" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Thank You! Gratitude: Formulas, Stories, and Insights'.
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"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness [from gratitude that things could be worse, but aren't]." - Michel de Montaigne

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"All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love [positivity and gratitude that things aren't worse] or hate [negativity and bitterness that things aren't better] ...I choose love [positivity and gratitude that things aren't worse]. " - Johnny Cash
Famous singer
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