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Have you lived a life that deserves gratitude from others? Day 6

10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse

We at Muse practice gratitude and were so moved from Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader that we challenged the diverse and talented group of people we’re proud to call our colleagues to chime in on this conversation.

Join us here on the blog daily for 10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse.

Stay tuned. On Day 10 we’ll share our own gratitude in the form of a special surprise to all of our supporters.

 

Have you lived a life that deserves gratitude from others?

“No”. No matter how many ways I look back on the various periods of my life I always come to the same conclusion: I have not lived a life that deserves gratitude from others. I have not dedicated myself to any just or moral causes; I have not made any attempts to improve our society, our environment or our world; and I have not inspired those around me to pursue commendable acts. Compared to some of the more admirable, righteous and selfless greats of our world I have not done anything that deserves gratitude from others.
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We all know the value of connections, but where did the barriers come from and what can we do to topple them? Day 5

10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse

We at Muse practice gratitude and were so moved from Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader that we challenged the diverse and talented group of people we’re proud to call our colleagues to chime in on this conversation.

Join us here on the blog daily for 10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse.

Stay tuned. On Day 10 we’ll share our own gratitude in the form of a special surprise to all of our supporters.

 

We all know the value of connections, but where did the barriers come from and what can we do to topple them?

It’s of surprise to nobody that humans are, in general, social creatures. We grow up in families, live in communities, and rely on each other daily for everything from the practical – like fixing our broken dishwasher – to the emotional – like a coffee with a friend when we are sad. In fact, it’s well-accepted that having a social support network is vital to our emotional health, well-being, and resilience [1].
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Who’s the most grateful person you know? Who’s your gratitude role model? Day 4

10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse

We at Muse practice gratitude and were so moved from Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader that we challenged the diverse and talented group of people we’re proud to call our colleagues to chime in on this conversation.

Join us here on the blog daily for 10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse.

Stay tuned. On Day 10 we’ll share our own gratitude in the form of a special surprise to all of our supporters.

 

Who’s the most grateful person you know? Who’s your gratitude role model?

My gratitude role model is Sarah Britton of My New Roots.

I remember the day that Sarah said to me, “I am feeling so inspired by everything I am learning at, The School for Holistic Nutrition, I think I am going to start a blog (before blogs were a thing), called My New Roots.”

Nine years later, Sarah has single handedly created one of (if not the most) popular health food blogs in the entire world. With a million followers, hundreds of genius recipe creations, a cookbook, My New Roots App and Ted Talk, Sarah remains one of the most humble, grateful individuals I have ever met.


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What is something — a conversation, advice you received, etc. — you became grateful for only well after it occurred? Why did it take you so long? Day 3

10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse

We at Muse practice gratitude and were so moved from Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader that we challenged the diverse and talented group of people we’re proud to call our colleagues to chime in on this conversation.

Join us here on the blog daily for 10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse.

Stay tuned. On Day 10 we’ll share our own gratitude in the form of a special surprise to all of our supporters.

 

What is something — a conversation, advice you received, etc. — you became grateful for only well after it occurred? Why did it take you so long?

In 2013, I signed on to do a nine-month-long meditation retreat with the Center for Mindful Learning in Burlington, VT, USA. It’s pretty common for people to feel really grateful for these sorts of things, and to talk about how powerful and transformative the experiences were for them. I used that to my advantage when I told people how grateful I was for the experience — nobody wants to admit that they’ve wasted nearly a year of their lives.
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Why aren’t people, especially Americans and Canadians, more grateful? Day 2

10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse

We at Muse practice gratitude and were so moved from Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader that we challenged the diverse and talented group of people we’re proud to call our colleagues to chime in on this conversation.

Join us here on the blog daily for 10 Days of Holiday Gratitude from Muse.

Stay tuned. On Day 10 we’ll share our own gratitude in the form of a special surprise to all of our supporters.

 

Why aren’t people, especially Americans and Canadians, more grateful?

This question makes the assumption that the majority of people in North America are not grateful, but I would argue that this is not the case. I would propose instead, that most people are simply not conscious of their own gratitude. Our culture is not set up in a way that asks us to stop and be mindful of how we are feeling. We are often focused on the negative, what is going wrong, what can be better, what needs fixing. We rush through our days unaware of our body and feelings, consumed with our work. How often have you closed your laptop after hours of typing, only to notice that you desperately need to go to the bathroom, drink water and eat something all at the same time? If we can so easily forget that we have a body, it is simple to see how we can also forget to notice the things we have to be grateful for. Gratitude has been relegated in our culture to something that is mostly noticed at holidays or special occasions.
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