Gratitude or Happiness – what comes first?

Today has been a crazy day. I knew from the moment I woke up holidays were over! My Man was out the house by 8am dressed in the suit. The list of things to do was compiled and the balancing of 4 other lives and their needs was happening in a whole different way. It was a rude awakening and it has been hard to stay positive!

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This evening I had time to read through a few things and came across this:

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. And that gratefulness quickly leads to a satisfied, simplified, focused life.”
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So much of what I have been reading in the positive psychology world is about being grateful and I really appreciated the links made here between gratefulness, satisfaction and happiness. It is easy to be grateful when we are happy, but to realise that being grateful brings that happiness or joy is a different matter.

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I am grateful for the holidays that we have had.  We have been blessed as a family to spend many days in the sun, sand and surf.  And we have been blessed to spend many days with family and friends.

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Sometimes we need the links between theory and practice to be spelled out clearly. That’s what I love about the things I am learning and share with you –  it is all just living.

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