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Positivity Quest: A Summer of Gratitude

Positivity Quest: A Summer of Gratitude

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. ~William Faulkner Every positive psychology text you will ever find will name the practice of gratitude as one of the most direct routes to reframing your thinking and increasing the positive aspects of your life. For instance, like love, it is impossible to feel afraid while you feel grateful. Your brain cannot hold those two disparate thoughts simultaneously. And yet, thinking grateful thoughts is a qualitatively different experience than the moments of grace when gratitude takes over your heart and transforms your perspective. Like orgasm or forgiveness, I have learned enough about gratitude to know that you can’t force it. All of these experiences share some fundamental characteristics – you can open to them, you can lean towards them in your thinking...

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