The How-To’s of Daily Gratitude

People who achieve true Gratitude reap benefits.  Satisfied that they are blessed with more than they need, grateful people are more consistently happy, and generally require less resource and effort to maintain happiness.

Not Everyone is alike to a pea though.  Beyond a certain level required to manage interdependence, in Reality, practicing Gratitude still remains a personal choice.  

The How-To’s of Gratitude
(through Clarifications of Common Misconceptions )

A list of common Misconceptions and relevant clarifications is compiled below;  an understanding of which should make our Gratitude journey smoother. 

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Misconception 1: I have No reason to be Grateful

Actual: There are many things we take for granted: many already won the lottery! Food, water, shelter etc and the chance to grow.  We can be mostly happy if we count our blessings.  Surplus, improving and giving back is a bonus!  

Other reasons for Gratitude are practical.  The grateful spend and risk less for the same level of happiness.  They have daily sources of happiness, and are able to focus on the important etc.  Further clarifications below.

Misconception 2. Boredom – Grateful people lead boring monotonous lives

Actual: Gratitude endows a zest for life.  Grateful people appreciate the great beauty and opportunity present that others are too busy, fearful, anxious, angry or sad etc to notice.  Life is ever-changing and brings new beauty and lessons every day.  New friends, old friends, changing seasons, bustle or quiet, daily encounters with nature etc), a myriad of constant change.

Essentially, grateful people do not lead boring lives.  They are just more appreciative:

a. they get more for less.  Less spending and risk for more enjoyment, and
b. the beauty that they experience is within easy reach, whereas for others, beauty is more fleeting.

Misconception 3.  Gratitude is a Feeling –  Either, I feel it or I do not.

Actual:  Granted, Gratitude is a feeling, but daily Gratitude is not just the “tactless” extension of the emotional.  Like a baby learning to walk, we need to develop a degree of understanding, “strength and dexterity” to unlock daily Gratitude.

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Understanding. Deeper understanding (of things we take for granted) brings greater appreciation.  Deeper understanding (of how Gratitude works) helps maintain gratefulness, and avoids excessive negative emotions that overwhelm reasonable Gratitude and happiness.

Strength and Dexterity. Practice makes perfect.  The longer we stay grateful, the easier daily Gratitude will be.

Some actions we can take:

a. Taking time to appreciate our blessings is a way to help us enjoy and engage with the beautiful and important.  Spending and appreciating happy time with family, friends and things we love etc. Writing and re-reading Gratitude journals can also help some remind  themselves of the beautiful and important..

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b. Ignoring the irrelevant (the unpleasant but transient; excessive wants) keeps external poison and stink from becoming our own.

c. Humour, learning from the experiences of others, finding inspiration, avoiding (emotional) situations like being tired and late in the morning due to late nights etc are just some of a multitude of ways to develop Gratitude and emotional balance.

Hope the clarifications are useful! Thanks for reading and/or sharing.

P.S.: Misconceptions 4 & 5 in a future post –

Misconception 4. Gratitude and basic contentment means grateful people do not work for improvements, and are deaf to problems.

Misconception 5. With Gratitude, I will never feel negative, anxious, sad and have no wants.

Image Credits: Gustavo Devito, Diego Torres, Camdiluv,

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Desiderata

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

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Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

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Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.”

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

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1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.

Last read at Laurel’s Blog, Laurel’s Reflection.

Image Credits : Stocksnap, Alessandro Cani, More alive via photopin (license)

“Turn My Ship Around” (Circusman Alexis)

The Weekend is here!

What’s Life without some rest, a sprinkle of happy Music, a dash of Humour and a pinch of Cool?

Here’s something JoAnn found, and shared in her blog, àlaMuze (Thank you!). For those who are interested, her post has the story of how the meet-up between Jeremy Bucks the producer and Circusman Alexis occurred as well as the relevant (inclusive of support the artiste) links to Jeremy Bucks and Circusman Alexis. 

Love the music and flow, free-spirited whirling, not least the passerbys’ stares as the gentleman rolled past in his wheel. Sunglasses, full size beard, cyr wheel,  groove to music, and a cheeky grin to boot… How much cooler can it get? 🙂

Do enjoy! (Full screen is good)

Media Credits: Jeremy Bucks, Alexis