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Sustainable Happiness by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 13 Choose Gratitude

Jeremy Adam Smith

I’m terrible at gratitude.

How bad am I? I’m so bad at gratitude that most days, I don’t notice the sunlight on the leaves of the Berkeley oaks as I ride my bike down the street. I forget to be thankful for the guy who hand-brews that delicious cup of coffee I drink midway through every weekday morning. I don’t even know the dude’s name.

I usually take for granted that I have legs to walk on, eyes to see with, arms I can use to hug my son. I forget my son! I generally remember to pick him up from school and feed him dinner. But I forget all the time how much he’s changed my life for the better.

Gratitude is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It’s a lens that helps us to ...

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