Gratitude: The Mother of Joy

In general, has there been a lot of joy in your life, that opening and swelling of the heart?

It might not have been the case, not because your life was particularly hard, but because of mental training. Many of us are so busy climbing the ladder of success that we take no time to enjoy the journey. Often as soon as we reach one goal we are onto the next “prize.”

How can you bring more joy to your life, even when you are very busy?

M. J. Ryan believes that joy and gratitude are inseparable. Joy is defined in the dictionary as an “emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires,” while gratitude is that “state of being appreciative of benefits received.”

In other words, whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.

Think about the wonderful things that are happening in your day-to-day existence.

Thinking this will allow joy to creep in. Think of all that you have accomplished today and celebrate each feat, no matter its size.

Adapted from Attitudes of Gratitude, by M. J. Ryan (Conari, 1999).

Adapted from Attitudes of Gratitude, by M. J. Ryan (Conari, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999, M. J. Ryan. Reprinted by permission of Conari.

19 comments

Emil P.
Emil Perera4 years ago

Its our gratitude to respect senior citicsens. or elders. Parents and teachers as well


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for this article.

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago

tks

Judith Valente
Judith Valente5 years ago

Diet has a lot of influence on thinking, Therefore, the grattitude factor can be amended.

Margaret F.
Margaret M. F.5 years ago

Thank-you for the article. Unfortunately there are exceptions to every rule.

Mary Winter
Mary Winter5 years ago

I am not sure when I began, but years ago. I keep a gratitude journal. Each day I record things for which I am thankful. These
are things like the first vegetables from the garden, rain, flowers,
nice weather, progress on a craft project, friendships, news from family and so on. I find that it helps me be centered in peace, and bring joy. I think gratitude is a teacher of many
disciplines.

Judith Valente
Judith Valente5 years ago

thank you, Kersi.

Kersi B.
Kersi B.5 years ago

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life; it turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Kersi B.
Kersi B.5 years ago

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life; it turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

William F.
William Ford5 years ago

My mental health counsellor told me to do this