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Gratitude: The Mother of Joy

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).

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

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1:45AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

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


1:34AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Thanks for this article.

12:36PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

tks

6:56AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

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

8:32PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

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

2:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

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.

9:16AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

thank you, Kersi.

1:57AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

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.

1:57AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

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.

10:48AM PST on Jan 29, 2011

My mental health counsellor told me to do this

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