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Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion by Leigh Devine, Joseph Shrand

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Chapter 8

Trade Thanks

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you”?

—William A. Ward (1921–1994)

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.

—G. B. Stern (1890–1973)

Recently I went back to New York City to see some Broadway shows. I always stay across from the site of the World Trade Center towers, and always feel a little sad and bewildered at the gravity of what occurred. There amid the life and movement of the city rest the two large, ever-flowing pools that memorialize the people lost, even as the two new buildings grow steadily toward the heavens, constructed by the people who remain. Sheathed in mirrored glass, they reflect the tenacity and declaration of what human beings truly are: survivors who ...

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